Centre of Expertise toolkits and standards such as the 12 Principles of Good Democratic Governance; the European Label of Governance Excellence (ELoGE); and the new Resilience Building Strategies toolkit feature prominently on the agenda of the 5th National Congress of Executive Secretaries of Poland.
The event will open with an ELoGE award ceremony where several Polish municipalities, having demonstrated their ability to comply with the 12 Principles, will be recognised with an award of the Label. The Congress will also include a roundtable discussion with representatives of Italian, Portuguese, British, and American municipalities on the functioning of local administration during the pandemic. The event is being organised by the Foundation in Support of Local Democracy and the National Council of TSU Secretaries' Forums with support of the Centre of Expertise for Good Governance and will be held on 28-29 September 2021 in a hybrid format.
This edition of the Polish Congress of Executive Secretaries has been opened up beyond the usual target audience of Secretaries of Local Government Units in Poland to welcome participants from across Europe and beyond in person or online. The Council of Europe’s Centre of Expertise for Good Governance has helped broaden the reach of the event by identifying relevant speakers and using the Congress as a platform to share best practice and promote standards.
Over the course of 2 days, participants will address current aspects of the functioning of local government in light of the impact of the pandemic, reflecting on the events of the past year and pondering the implications for the future of public administration at local level. In the true spirit of Council of Europe cooperation, the Congress offers an opportunity for city managers from different countries to share their experiences in adapting services in response to a pandemic that has affected everyone.