ELoGE: European Label of Governance Excellence


The crystal dodecahedronThe European Label of Governance Excellence (ELoGE) is symbolised by a crystal dodecahedron engraved with the twelve European principles of good democratic governance, as enshrined in the European Strategy for Innovation and Good Governance at Local Level.

The Label is awarded to local authorities having achieved a high overall level of governance, by a national or regional Stakeholders’ Platform. This platform needs to be accredited by the stakeholders’ platform of the Council of Europe.

Local authorities who wish to apply for the Label are evaluated according to the following tools: a matrix evaluating their action, a questionnaire addressed to citizens, a questionnaire addressed to local elected representatives.

The evaluation allows to local authorities to understand their strengths and their weaknesses when providing public services to the local community and exercising public authority. To improve the quality of local governance, local authorities can use the various tools developed by the Centre of expertise and take inspiration from their colleagues’ best practices.


Core documents

ELoGE: Benchmark, Structures, and Procedures for awarding the Label

ELoGE : Benchmark, estructuras y procedimientos de otorgamiento del Sello


Case study in Norway

Improving local democracy through ELoGE: Time’s good governance journey in Norway