Democracy, Institution-Building and Governance Department, Good Governance Division

 

The Good Governance Division makes an important contribution to supporting and developing the core architecture of democracy in Council of Europe member States through intergovernmental cooperation activities, assistance and cooperation programmes, legal assistance and the promotion of standards of good governance. This Division is part of the Department of Democratic Institutions and Governance, headed by Alfonso Zardi and of the Directorate of Democratic Governance, under the direction of Claudia Luciani. The work of the Division is organised around 4 complementary sectors:

The CDDG Secretariat, responsible for managing the work of the intergovernmental steering committee;

The Centre of Expertise for Local Government Reform, the operational arm of the CoE in the field of multi-level governance, supporting central, regional and local authorities to improve their institutional capacity and performance and providing legal counsel and peer-to-peer advice to governments;

The Strategy on Innovation and Good Governance Reform, a practical instrument for improving governance at local level and promoting the Twelve Principles of Good Democratic Governance ;

The Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Spatial/Regional Planning (CEMAT), the only Pan-European framework for co-operation on spatial planning.

 

The CDDG Secretariat

The European Committee on Democracy and Governance (CDDG) is a new intergovernmental committee created as a high-level forum where member States can meet to share and benefit from each otherís knowledge and experience on issues of relevance to European democracies today. The Committee will exchange information, views and good practice on issues concerning citizensí democratic participation, democratic governance and the modernisation of public administration, in particular at local and regional level, as well as responding to requests from member States for targeted activities of exchange and assistance.

 

Strategy on Innovation and Good Governance Reform

The Strategy is a practical instrument based upon the Twelve Principles of Good Democratic Governance which can be used by local authorities to assess their governance standards against a European benchmark and identify areas for improvement with the help of the Centre of Expertise. The Strategy has been adopted or has helped inspire governance reforms at the local level in member States such as Norway, Bulgaria, the Netherlands, Belgium and France.

 

The Centre of Expertise for Local Government Reform

The Centre of Expertise for Local Government Reform is the operational arm of the CoE in the field of multi-level governance, supporting central, regional and local authorities to improve their institutional capacity and performance in delivering services and exercising public authority. It works with government ministries, national associations of local authorities, professional associations and training institutions to introduce and sustain capacity-building programmes. Having access to a rich pool of leading legal and capacity-building experts and making use of the capacity-building tools it has developed, the Centre of Expertise provides concrete advice and assistance and organises study visits, peer-to-peer reviews and training programmes.

 

Conference of Ministers responsible for Spatial/Regional Planning (CEMAT)

The Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Spatial/Regional Planning (CEMAT) brings together representatives of the 47 Council of Europe member states in pursuit of a shared objective: the promotion of the territorial dimension of human rights and democracy for a sustainable spatial development of the European Continent. The CEMAT represents the only Pan-European framework for co-operation on spatial planning and functions as a platform for discussion and exchange of best practices between Council of Europe Member States on spatial development policies.