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EU Ambassador Janos Herman: “The Partnership for good governance serves our common goals”

co-operation Tbilisi, Georgia 6 December 2017
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EU Ambassador Janos Herman: “The Partnership for good governance serves our common goals”

Ambassador Janos HERMAN, the European Union Delegation to Georgia, addressed the participants of the regional conference on ‘Ethics and transparency at local level: strategies and tools’ at the opening on 6 December 2017 in Tbilisi, Georgia. The event was organised by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities within the thematic programme “Strengthening institutional frameworks for local governance”, funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe, and implemented by the Council of Europe, through the Partnership for Good Governance (PGG) 2015-2017 for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus.

“Today we see the results of the co-operation between the EU and the Council of Europe in local governance, the opportunities and support offered to enhance transparency and participatory democracy in the Eastern Partnership region”, he stated, highlighting the commitment shown by local authorities and their ownership over these results.

Ambassador HERMAN also underlined that local governance is an important emerging issue in Georgia and welcomed the fact that both EU and Council of Europe – including its Congress of Local and Regional Authorities - are paying attention to it.

“Georgia, at this phase in the development of its democracy, is transferring more and more competences from central to local level. Local authorities must be prepared to receive them and this is the aim of the programme”, he concluded.

The Tbilisi regional conference brought together around 100 mayors and local elected representatives from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus, including numerous newly-elected Georgian mayors, as well as representatives of national associations of local authorities, civil society organisations and expert. The aim was to enable peer-to peer exchange on good practices to promote and strengthen ethics, transparency and citizen participation at local level in these countries.


European Charter of Local Self-Government European Charter of Local Self-Government
The European Charter of Local Self-Government lays down standards for protecting the rights of local
authorities and requires states which have ratified it to comply with a number of principles. Opened for signature on 15 October 1985, the Charter is ratified by all 47 Council of Europe member states.
The role of the Congress The role of the Congress
Assessing the application of the European Charter of Local Self-Government in each member State is at the heart of the mission of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe. This monitoring enables constructive political dialogue to be engaged with authorities in member states about local and regional democracy issues.