15th meeting, hybrid format

(Strasbourg, Agora building, room G02 + Kudo videoconference)

Thursday 21 April 2022, 10.00-13.00 and 14.30-17.30 pm (CET)

Friday 22 April 2022, 10.00-13.00 and 14.30-17.30 pm (CET)



1. Opening of the meeting and adoption of the agenda

Draft agenda with order of business


For information and discussion

2. Information on recent activities and developments

  • Bureau meeting of 24-25 March: report by the Chair
  • Information by the Secretariat: Ms Claudia Luciani, Director of Human Dignity, Equality and Governance. Exchange of views on the implications of the exclusion of the Russian Federation from the Council of Europe

3. Work in 2022

For information

3.1 Information by the Secretariat; updated workplan


For discussion

3.2 State of implementation of activities according to the CDDG’s terms of reference 2022-2023 (-2025)

  • Good democratic governance:
    Report of the 1st meeting of the Working Group on principles of good democratic governance (GT-BG) of 24-25 February; Consideration of a draft recommendation
  • [Terms of reference] [GT-BG(2022)4] [CDDG(2022)2]
  • Deliberative democracy:
    Exchange of views with Mr George Papandreou, Chair of the sub-committee on Democracy, Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy of the Parliamentary Assembly
  • Preparation of the 1st meeting of the Working Group on deliberative and participatory democracy (GT-DD). Presentation of the Study on Deliberative Democracy
    [Terms of reference] [CDDG(2022)3]

4. Promoting democratic governance through shared experience

For information

4.1 Presentation of a research project by Professor Joachim Beck, Dean of the University of Applied Sciences in Kehl, Germany (rapid response service n°48 on Practical examples of administrative modernisation at the macro level of European countries)

For information and discussion

4.1 (cont.) Reports by members about pertinent developments

4.2 Exchange of views with senior officials from member States

  • Mr Viacheslav Nehoda, Deputy Minister for Communities and Territorial Development of Ukraine
  • Ms Mzia Giorgobiani, Deputy Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure, Georgia
  • Mr Dumitru Udrea, the Government’s General Secretary, Republic of Moldova 
  • Mr Antonis Economides, Head of the Local Government Directorate, Ministry of Interior, Cyprus
  • Other officials and CDDG members (tbc)


For information and discussion

5.  Review of implementation of treaties falling under the responsibility of the CDDG: information from members of the CDDG on recent or upcoming signatures and ratifications, and exchange of views on lessons and challenges in the implementation of those instruments

For information

6. Centre of Expertise for Good Governance: on-going and new cooperation projects - update by the Secretariat

  • ELoGE (European Label of Governance Excellence): latest developments, new accreditations [CDDG(2022)5]
  • 7th meeting of the ELoGE Accreditation Platform (25 March 2022) – Chair of the Platform

7. Activities of the Committee of Ministers and other Council of Europe bodies

For information

  • Division of elections and participatory democracy: information by the Secretariat
  • General overview of developments since the 14th meeting: information by the Secretariat

For discussion and possible decision

  • World Forum for Democracy 2022: information by the Secretariat; exchange of views on a possible CDDG contribution

For discussion

  • Exchange of views with Ms Jelena Drenjanin, Chair of the Governance Committee, Congress of Local and Regional Authorities: presentation followed by questions and answers
  • Exchange of views with Mr Christoph Spreng, Vice-President of INGO Conference: presentation followed by questions and answers

For information and discussion

8. Democracy and technology: information by the rapporteur on democracy and technology, including on the first meeting of the Committee on Artificial Intelligence; exchange of views on the CDDG contributions to the CAI work

For information and discussion

9. Presidencies of the Committee of Ministers:

  • Priorities and agenda of Italy (Nov 2021-May 2022)
  • Ireland (May - November 2022)
  • Iceland (November 2022 - May 2023)

Discussion on CDDG contributions and involvement

For information

10. Information by the rapporteurs on gender mainstreaming and on social matters including rights of persons with disabilities

For decision

11. Election of two Bureau members


[CDDG(2022)7 Addendum]

12. Other business

For decision

13. Date of the next meeting (28-29 November 2022; modalities to be confirmed)

For decision

14. Adoption of the abridged report


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