Mayors and elected officials from local authorities in France, as well as senior officials from the CNFPT, SNDGCT, AFCCRE, INET, and Intercommunalités de France met in the Palais of the Council of Europe yesterday to launch a new campaign for the European Label of Governance Excellence (ELoGE) in France.
The Conference, jointly organised by the Centre of Expertise for Good Governance and the CNFPT, was opened by the Chairperson of the French delegation to the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, Mr Thibaut GUIGNARD; the President of the CNFPT, Mr Francois DELUGA; the Head of the Democracy and Governance Department of the Council of Europe, Mr Dan POPESCU; and the Deputy Permanent Representative of France to the Council of Europe, Mr Sébastien POTAUFEU.
Roundtable discussions involving representatives of the participating organisations touched on the use of the ELoGE label in Europe and questions related to the governance of intermunicipal cooperation / metropolitan governance arrangements. The Spanish experience of implementation of ELoGE in the Basque Country was presented by Mme Maria del Mar ZABALA MARDARAS, Director General of the Association of Basque Municipalities.
ELoGE was attributed for the first time in France in 2019 to four local authorities: Metz, Sceaux, Strasbourg, et Suresnes. Considering the growing importance of intermunicipal cooperation in public service delivery at local level, the second ELoGE cycle in France will be opened up to Intercommunalités. Workshops were organised to adapt the indicators to the intermunicipal cooperation arrangements – a very important development which offers citizens a means of also measuring good democratic governance of intermunicipal and territorial governance structures.
A podcast for local elected officials and municipal staff was published on the webpage of the CNFPT. A flyer indicating the 6 advantages of the ELoGE label and a user guide for “candidate councils” have also been prepared as a means of inciting more local authorities to apply to the ELoGE process.
ELoGE is awarded to European local authorities who have demonstrated their adherence to the 12 Principles of Good Democratic Governance of the Council of Europe. Attribution of the label follows a voluntary self-evaluation process measuring the actions of the local authority against indicators relating to representativeness, responsiveness, efficiency, transparency of public decision-making, the rule of law, ethics, skills management, innovation, human rights & social cohesion, as well as accountability.