The European Committee on Democracy and Governance (CDDG) is the Council of Europe intergovernmental forum where representatives of the member States meet to exchange and follow up on the state of democratic governance in Europe, and to work together to strengthen democratic institutions, public administration reforms, decentralisation, citizens’ participation and public ethics, at all levels of government.

The Committee accomplishes the preparatory work for Committee of Ministers’ Recommendations and Guidelines in the above mentioned fields and promotes compliance of domestic legislation with Council of Europe standards, including the European Charter of Local Self-Government. For those purposes, the Committee co-operates with the Parliamentary Assembly and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, and the Venice Commission, amongst others.

The Committee provides direct support to member States by way of exchanges among peers and rapid responses to demands regarding legal issues or established practice. It also relies on the Centre of Expertise for Good Governance for the development of country-specific programmes and the provision of practical assistance.

For the period 2020-2021, the Committee will carry out a study on the impact of digital transformation on democracy and governance, develop standards on new technologies in the different stages of the electoral process as well as on democratic accountability of elected officials and bodies at local and regional level.

Themes themes

IN FOCUS: Public ethics 
Public ethics are at the heart of democracy: trust in public institutions and the quality of governance depend on the ethical conduct of all officials holding public responsibilities, be they elected, appointed or employed. On the basis of the work carried out by the CDDG, on 11 March 2020 the Committee of Ministers adopted the Guidelines on public ethics. (read more...)

Democracy and technology

Digital technologies shape all aspects of life, including democracy and governance. The CDDG works to help Council of Europe member States, at all levels of government, to harness the opportunities offered by digital transformation while reducing its risks. (read more…)

Civil participation in political decision-making
Participatory democracy is a process in which individuals, NGOs and civil society at large are involved in the conduct of public affairs at local, regional, national and European levels. (read more...)

Local and regional democracy

The local level is the one which is closest to citizens, their rights, needs and expectations (read more...)

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