As a forum for exchange of experience amongst Council of Europe member States, the European Committee on Democracy and Governance (CDDG) facilitates exchange of information, dialogue and cooperation at intergovernmental level. Throughout the emergency and its aftermath, CDDG members will be collecting and sharing information on legal and policy developments, case studies and good practices in the response to Covid-19.

The areas covered in this work include vertical and horizontal coordination and cooperation between different levels of government and agencies involved in the response; the role of local authorities in tackling the emergency and ensuring the provision of essential services; the situation of metropolitan and rural areas; cross-border and inter-municipal cooperation; public administration reform, restructuring and tools.

The following information has been provided by the members of the European Committee on Democracy and Governance.

This information, together with presentations given and discussions held at the thematic meeting of 18 June 2020, served as a basis for the drafting of a special report on “Democratic governance and Covid-19”, adopted by the CDDG at its 12th meeting (25-27 November 2020). 

Moreover, the guidelines contained in the Handbook on e-democracy, approved by the CDDG at its 11th meeting (10-11 September 2020), reflect developments relating to Covid-19 with the addition of case studies on the increased recourse to digital solutions to ensure civil participation, provide services to the public and enable elections.

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