Democratic institutions


Centre of Expertise for Local Government Reform

It aims to support member states in the delivery of effective democratic local government. Thanks to this initiative, the member states recognise the on-going importance of decentralisation
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and the essential role of effective local authorities in a sound democracy. It responds to the challenge of building up the capacities of local authorities – and their Associations – to be able to provide good leadership and deliver local services to European standards.
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Electoral Assistance and Census

The development and implementation of electoral assistance programmes by the Council of Europe has been developed as the natural complement to the international observation mandate of the Parliamentary Assembly and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities.
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On the basis of its own observations and of the recommendations of PACE and OSCE/ODHIR, the Division of Electoral Assistance and Census develops long-term electoral assistance projects aimed at successful reform of electoral legislation and the strengthening of institutional capacities outside electoral cycles.
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European Label of Governance Excellence - ELoGE

The Label is a learning tool and should help local authorities to: understand their strengths and weaknesses in the way they provide public service to the local community and in the way they exercise public authority;
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to improve the quality of local governance with the help of the various tools developed especially for the Strategy;
to take inspiration from their colleagues’ best practices.
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World Forum for Democracy

The World Forum for Democracy brings together reformers and global leaders to identify democratic responses to challenges which affect our societies today.
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The 2nd session of the Forum took place from 23 to 29 November 2013 in Strasbourg under the general theme of: "Re-wiring Democracy: connecting institutions and citizens in the digital age".
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Civil society and NGO's

The Council of Europe’s work benefits extensively from contacts and co-operation with the dynamic elements of society, as represented by NGOs.
One of the main challenges currently facing the Organisation is to strengthen NGOs
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and civil society and to develop participatory democracy on a pan-European basis.
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European Committee on Democracy and Governance (CDDG)

the European Committee on Democracy and Governance (CDDG) will oversee the Council of Europe’s intergovernmental work in the field of democratic governance, with a particular focus on local and regional democracy,
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while taking due account of the role of civil society, and advise the Committee of Ministers on all questions within its area of competence
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Strategy for Innovation and Good Governance

The Strategy for Innovation and Good Governance at Local Level is a practical instrument for improving governance at local level and the quality of local life as a result.
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It promotes in particular the twelve principles of Good Democratic Governance. It was launched during the Ministerial Conference in Valencia, Spain, and endorsed by European Ministers responsible for Local and Regional Government.
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