and Governance department
|Welcome to the Democracy, Institution-Building and Governance
Department. This Department is part of the Directorate of Democratic Governance,
Culture and Diversity, under the direction of Claudia Luciani.
The Department is headed by Alfonso Zardi and comprises four sectors : the CDLR Secretariat, responsible for managing the intergovernmental co-operation activities; Programmes for Democratic Stability - this unit deals with assistance and co-operation programmes, placing special emphasis on countries in eastern Europe and South Caucases; the Centre of Expertise for Local Government Reform and the Strategy on Innovation and Good Governance Reform.
The CDLR Secretariat
Deriving its name from the committee it serves - the CDLR Committee -
its purpose is to provide administrative support for the European Committee
on Local and Regional Democracy, its Bureau and subordinate committees.
The Secretariat is also responsible for organising the Council of Europe
Conference of Ministers responsible for Local and Regional Government, in
co-operation with host member States.
Strategy on Innovation and Good Governance
The Strategy is steered by the Council of Europe’s Stakeholders’ Platform, which comprises representatives of the Committee of Ministers, the Parliamentary Assembly, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, the European Committee on Local and Regional Democracy (CDLR) and the Conference of International NGOs.