The European Committee on Democracy and Governance (CDDG) is the Council of Europe intergovernmental forum where representatives of the member States meet to develop European standards (recommendations, guidelines, reports), to exchange and follow up on the state of democratic governance in Europe, and to work together to strengthen democratic institutions at all levels of government.

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

In 2022-2023, the Committee will focus on developing a draft Recommendation on the 12 Principles of Good Democratic Governance applicable to all levels of government, building on the 12 Principles of Good Democratic Governance at local level.

Furthermore, the Committee will carry out a study on new forms of deliberative and participatory democracy, with a view to complementing Recommendation CM/Rec(2018)4 on the participation of citizens in local public life and the 2017 Guidelines on civil participation in decision-making and taking into account its own work on e-democracy.

In line with the overall strategic priorities of the Council of Europe, the CDDG will further develop a report on green public administration aimed at collecting and disseminating good practice and case studies and identifying guidance for administrations at local, regional and national level, taking into account the proceedings of the 2020-2021 edition of the World Forum for Democracy and the CDDG’s earlier work on digitalisation of the public administration.

In addition, the Committee will continue to contribute to the overall work on artificial intelligence (AI) and its impact on democracy and governance as well as organise reviews of the implementation of Conventions and Recommendations under its remit, including Recommendation 2017/5 on e-voting.

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Governance

The 12 Principles of Good Democratic Governance at local level have been an inspiration for public administration reforms, decentralisation and strengthening democratic institutions at local and regional level. How can they be adapted to be applicable to all levels of governance? (read more...)

Deliberative and participatory democracy

Deliberative and participative democracy have the potential of involving and mobilising citizens in decision-making and thus enhancing public trust in government. CDDG collects best practice and will develop policy recommendations. (read more...)

Green public administration

Due to its dual role, as a consumer/user and as well as a policy- and decision-maker and infrastructure planner, the public administration is in a leading position to support the green transition. (read more...)

Democracy and technology

Digital technologies shape all aspects of life and have an impact on governance and the functioning of democratic institutions. The CDDG works to help Council of Europe member States, at all levels of government, to harness the opportunities offered by digital transformation while managing possible risks connected with this process. (read more...)

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