In the past, the catholic Church used to have what were called regional synods that would institute canons and solve disputes within this respective regions. From some quotes from the fathers and historians it was evident that the acts of such synods were sent to Rome to be confirmed although on a number of cases the synods never did this. However it was at least the ecclesiastical law on paper
Today we have regional “bishops conferences” which do not institute regional canons nor define anything. Could these still be considered “synods” even though the form and authority of such meetings has been diminished or are bishops conferences a different thing all together?