Good governance

Centre of Expertise for Local Government Reform


The Centre of Expertise for Local Government Reform is the Council of Europe operational arm in the field of multi-level governance, supporting central, regional and local authorities to improve their institutions, regulations, capacity and action. The Centre is recognised for the quality and modernity of its programmes, which are effective and quality impact-oriented and draw on the very best of European experience in order to develop effective and democratic governance.

Through legal assistance programmes, it has supported numerous central and eastern European countries in their efforts to decentralise. Through capacity-building programmes, it has reinforced the institutional capacity of their local authorities thus improved the quality of local and regional governance. It has also offered assistance to local authorities in several Western and Nordic countries. The European Strategy for Innovation and Good Governance at Local Level, enouncing 12 European Principles of Good Democratic Governance, is another important initiative of the Centre.

The Centre has a pool of capacity-building experts and capacity-building tools and programmes which it introduces to member States at their request. It works closely with local ministries responsible for local government issues, national associations of local authorities, professional associations and training institutions. The Centre operates in connection with the European Committee on Democracy and Governance (CDDG) and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe.

Leaflet presenting the Centre of Expertise



Fiscal Decentralisation

C.L.E.A.R tool - a self-assesment tool for citizen participation at the local level

Cross-border co-operation

Inter-municipal Co-operation: manual, website

Local Finance

Local government capacity building

Modern and Effective Human Resources Management

Modern Leadership for Modern Local Government

Public Ethics

Strategic Municipal Planning and Performance Management at Local Level

Towards a modern Local Government Association



Capacity building programmes

Best practice in Local Government

Local Finance


Advisory board

Role, composition and meetings


Annual activity reports

7th annual report (Annual report 2013 and prospects for 2014)

6th annual report (Annual report 2012 and prospects for 2013)

5th annual report

4th annual report

3rd annual report

2nd annual report

1st annual report