The European Committee on Democracy and Governance
CDDG is a committee established in 2014, developing new working methods and working in areas that are relevant and of interest to the member States. For 2014-2015, the activities focus on the following themes: territorial reforms, citizensí democratic participation in public life, modernisation of public administration, dialogue and relations between tiers of government, public finances and cross-border cooperation.
The Strategy on Innovation and Good Governance Reform
was adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the
Council of Europe in 2008 as a tool which twelve
principles of good democratic governance
encourage local authorities to assess and if
necessary improve the quality of their
governance. The Strategy is accompanied by a
European Label of Governance Excellence.
The Centre of Expertise for Local Government Reform
The Centre assists central, regional and local authorities to improve their institutional capacity and performance in delivering services and exercising public authority. It offers advices and practical assistance, and works with ministries, national associations of local authorities, professional associations and training institutions to implement capacity-building programmes.
The Conference of Ministers responsible for Spatial/Regional Planning (CEMAT)
CEMAT has as objective the promotion of the territorial dimension of human rights and democracy for a sustainable special development. The CEMAT is the only Pan-European platform for co-operation and exchange of best practices between States on spatial development.
The European Commission and the Council of Europe have signed a new joint cooperation agreement which is launched from this year, namely, the
Council of Europe/European Union Eastern Partnership Programmatic Co-operation Framework (PCF). The Agreement covers the period 2015-2017 and the beneficiary countries are Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Georgia, Belarus and Ukraine.