In December 2019, 13 Ukrainian municipalities signed joint agreements with the Congress to implement local initiatives which had been previously selected for their potential to bring meaningful change to citizens and communities, specifically using ethical, innovative and inclusive policies and practices at local level. Teams of experts accompany their implementation and are providing guidance on inclusive consultation of local communities, policy development, monitoring and evaluation of results achieved. Expert support includes field visits and meetings with stakeholders, distance support for continued practical guidance and recommendations on governance processes as well as specific methodologies, and exchange of best practices between participating local authorities. Moreover, a series of thematic webinars has been launched to facilitate peer exchanges on participatory budgeting, open government and inclusive decision-making, youth participation, and gender mainstreaming.

The 13 local initiatives are implemented in line with the provisions of the European Charter of Local Self-Government (ETS No. 122) and its Additional Protocol on the right to participate in the affairs of a local authority (CETS No. 207), as well as relevant thematic resolutions and recommendations of the Congress. In addition, local initiatives contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal 5 (Gender equality), 10 (Reduced inequalities), 11 (Sustainable cities and communities), 16 (Peace, justice and strong institutions) and 17 (Partnership for the goals) set by the United Nations in its 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


Strengthening ethical, transparent and participatory decision-making

Promoting equal opportunities for women and men to participate in local political life

Fostering the engagement of under-represented groups

Public ethics

To tackle the issue of corruption in Europe and provide local and regional elected representatives with concrete tools, the Congress has adopted a European Code of Conduct for all Persons Involved in Local and Regional Governance and a Roadmap to Prevent Corruption and Promote Public Ethics at Local and Regional Level, which comprises six reports compiled in the "Public Ethics" series.

 Webpage "Preventing corruption and promoting public Ethics"


Local initiatives contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations Agenda 2030, in particular SDG 5 (Gender equality), SDG 10 (Reduced inequalities), SDG 11 (Sustainable cities and communities), SDG 16 (Peace, justice and strong institutions) and SDG 17 (Partnership for the goals).


International and national consultants providing direct expert support to participating municipalities, per topic of initiative

 Biographies (English and Ukrainian)


Congress Secretariat in Strasbourg

Marité MORAS
Head of Unit - Co-operation Activities
 [email protected]

Svetislav PAUNOVIĆ
Project Co-ordinator
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