Good governance

Centre of Expertise for Local Government Reform


BULGARIA - Country Specific Programmes for Capacity building 


Activity in 2012

The Centre of Expertise supported the National Association of Municipal Clerks of the Republic of Bulgaria (NAMCRB) in organising a Leadership Academy Programme which was not only offered to local leaders from Bulgaria, but also Greece and “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”.



Activity in 2011


The Centre of Expertise, together with NAMCB, organized in April a Training of Trainers (ToT) on the Leadership Academy Programme and two sessions of the Leadership Academy Programme

During the training, the NAMCB (Bulgarian national association of municipal clerks) were introduced to Council of Europe LAP methodology

A Regional Conference in Borovets (7-8 July) on Local Finance and Economic Crisis was organised with the support of NAMRB and funding from the Local Government and Public Service Reform Initiative (LGI).

Meeting with Bulgarian Ministry of Regional Development on ELoGE. Accreditation dossier was prepared and accreditation was awarded.


Key outcomes in 2011

European Label for Innovation and Good Governance – ELOGE : accreditation dossier prepared and accepted

Conference on the effects of economic crisis on Bulgarian local government units



Activities in 2010


Technical support to Bulgaria



Assist with delivering the ELoGE (European Label of Governance Excellence) label.



 Bulgarian application was successful,

 Bulgaria was the first member State to be accredited by the Council of Europe Stakeholders' Platform to award EloGE.

 First labels were awarded to 13 municipalities in 2011 : Kirkovo, Pernik, Dobrich, Targovishte, Dimitrovgrad, Svilengrad, Liaskovec, Svishtov, Smolian, Stolichna Obshtina, Karlovo, Dolna Bania and Kneja.


Leadership Academy Programme



To improve the institutional leadership capacity of local authorities through improved leadership skills of their elected and appointed officials and through leadership tools given to local ownership.



Previous activities


Leadership Benchmark, Performance Management, Financial Management Benchmarking



 Pilot Leadership benchmark project based on Peer Reviews and a Self-Assessment process

- In co-operation with: National Association of Municipalities in Bulgaria (NAMRB)

- Date: 2003-2006


 NAMRB provided assistance for the implementation of the Peer Review programmes in North-West Russia and Croatia.

- Date: 2006


 Piloting of a performance management programme, focusing on local economic development and communications.

- Date: 2007

- In co-operation:NAMRB

- Participant pilot muncipalities: Ruse, Kurdjali, Strumiani, Dobrich, Gabrovo and Pazardjik.


 A full road test/ first implementation of the new tool on Benchmarking Local Finance.

- Date: 2007

- Partners: the Open Society Institute and the Council of Europe


  Follow-up to the Performance Management programme in local economic development and communications (completed in early 2008)

- Date: 2008-2009


 Preparation of the ground for implementing the Strategy for Innovation and Good Governance (the Strategy).

- Date: 2008-2009