Centre of Expertise for Local Government Reform

The Centre of Expertise for Local Government Reform is the Council of Europe operational arm in the field of multi-level governance, supporting central, regional and local authorities to improve their institutions, regulations, capacity and action. The Centre is recognised for the quality and modernity of its programmes, which are effective and quality impact-oriented and draw on the very best of European experience in order to develop effective and democratic governance.

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Conference of INGOs

The Council of Europe’s work benefits extensively from contacts and co-operation with the dynamic elements of society, as represented by NGOs. One of the main challenges currently facing the Organisation is to strengthen NGOs and civil society and to develop participatory democracy on a pan-European basis.

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Electoral assistance and Census

The Division of Electoral Assistance and Census (DGII) develops long-term electoral assistance projects aimed at successful reform of electoral legislation and the strengthening of institutional capacities outside electoral cycles.

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European Committee on Democracy and Governance (CDDG)

The European Committee on Democracy and Governance (CDDG) is the Council of Europe’s intergovernmental committee tasked with addressing issues of common concern in the field of democratic governance. It is a forum where senior officials meet to share information, views and good practice on issues concerning territorial reforms, citizens’ democratic participation in public life, the modernisation of public administration, the dialogue and relations between tiers of government, public finances and transfrontier cooperation.

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ELoGE: European Label of Governance Excellence

The European Committee on Democracy and Governance (CDDG) is the Council of Europe’s intergovernmental committee tasked with addressing issues of common concern in the field of democratic governance. It is a forum where senior officials meet to share information, views and good practice on issues concerning territorial reforms, citizens’ democratic participation in public life, the modernisation of public administration, the dialogue and relations between tiers of government, public finances and transfrontier cooperation.

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World Forum for Democracy

The World Forum for Democracy is a unique platform for political decision-makers and activists to debate solutions to key challenges for democracies worldwide. By identifying and analysing experimental initiatives and practices, the Forum highlights and encourages democracy innovations at the grassroots and their transfer on a systemic level in order to strengthen the foundations of democratic societies. The Forum thus contributes to the evolution of democracy towards more participatory and inclusive structures and institutions.

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