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Lviv Metropolitan Area Development Strategy finalised with the CEGG support


“Lviv agglomeration will take its place amongst Ukrainian and European metropolitan areas playing a significant role in Ukraine’s economic recovery and Eurointegration”, reads the Vision section of the Strategy. The Centre of Expertise for Good Governance (CEGG) contributed to the preparation of...

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Last meeting of the CDDG: taking stock of achievements and adoption of reports on green public administration and multilevel governance

24 November 2023 Strasbourg, France

The European Committee on Democracy and Governance (CDDG) is holding on 23 and 24 November its 18th and last meeting since its creation nine years ago. Ambassador Svetlana Geleva, Chair of the Committee of Ministers’ Rapporteur Group on Democracy, Mathieu Mori, Secretary General of Congress and...

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Six Hungarian municipalities receive the European Label of Governance Excellence (ELoGE) during a ceremony that celebrates innovation in local service delivery

20 November 2023 Budapest, Hungary

‘The award showed us that we are on the right path, and we keep seeking new solutions that will help us address the needs of our citizens’ said Kornélia Schramek Holopné, deputy mayor of Budapest’s XIIIth district at the ceremony awarding the European Label of Governance Excellence (ELoGE) to six...

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New Council of Europe Standard on Good Democratic Governance: Implementation in Italy

16-18 November 2023 Grado, Italy

European Conference on “Good Democratic Governance: The New Standard for Member States of the Council of Europe” gathered almost 100 representatives of regional, national and local authorities and other relevant local stakeholders in the Italian Friuli Venezia Giulia (FVG) region, and offered a...

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Implementation of the Council of Europe Recommendations in Lithuania: The Minister of the Interior and the Director of Human Dignity, Equality and Governance meet in Vilnius

17 November 2023 Vilnius, Lithuania

Agnė Bilotaitė, the Minister of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania, and Claudia Luciani, the Council of Europe Director of Human Dignity, Equality and Governance, met in Vilnius on 17 November 2023, to discuss implementation of the Council of Europe standards in Lithuania, as well as ways...

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Lithuania hosts an International Conference on Democratic Governance and Deliberative Democracy and an ELoGE Awards Ceremony

16 NOVEMBER 2023 Vilnius, Lithuania

“Good democratic governance is crucial to building democracy at local level” said Sigita Ščajevienė, Deputy Minister of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania at the International Conference on Democratic Governance and Deliberative Democracy, co-organised by the Lithuanian Ministry of the...

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The Leadership Academy Programme: Empowering Local Leaders for Democratic Governance and Community Development

16-18 November 2023 Grado, Italy

Strong local leadership is a cornerstone for ensuring good democratic governance and setting a clear, progressive direction for local authorities. The Leadership Academy Programme (LAP) underscores the importance not only of leadership but also of inclusive, participatory and representative...

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Channelling civic participation in CEGG policy advice for the Bulgarian government


Around 20 representatives of Bulgarian civic organisations met in Sofia on 16 November 2023 to provide the CEGG international experts with insights on the draft Policy Advice document on fiscal equalisation and on measures to promote fiscal autonomy at local level. The Policy Advice document is...

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Developing capacities at local level and supporting reform at Central level – CEGG project Steering Committee discusses how CoE intervention can help

15 November 2023 Tirana, Albania

The Second Steering Committee of the project “Sustaining Public Administration Reform at Local Level in Albania” was held on 15 November 2023, with the participation of the main beneficiary institutions and partners. The meeting was co-chaired by Giulia Re, Head of Council of Europe Office in...

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“Building peace and democracy across borders”: CDDG co-hosts a Forum Talk at the World Forum for Democracy 2023

7 November 2023 Strasbourg, France

Cross-border cooperation (CBC) is essential for maintaining peace and promoting democracy across borders. What are the key factors for successful cooperation? What are the main obstacles, and how to overcome them? What lessons can be learnt from well-known successful cases, such as the...

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27 years of local-self government celebrated in Armenia

10 November 2023 Armenia

27 years after the first elections of Community heads and Community councils took place in Armenia, 150 authorities of all levels convened in Yerevan to celebrate the 27th Anniversary of Local Self Governance. The high level event, hosted in Yerevan on the 10th of November 2023, with the support...

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“Support to comprehensive local self-government reform and enhanced resilience of local communities”, objectives set for the next six months of the DDDGGA Project.

9 November 2023 Armenia

On November 9th the Council of Europe Project Democratic Development, Decentralisation and Good Governance in Armenia- Phase II held its second Steering Committee Meeting. Ms. Claudia Luciani, Director of Human Dignity, Equality and Governance recalled Council of Europe support to Armenia in...

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Local Finance Benchmarking and Policy Advice on Fiscal Decentralisation in Finland


Sound Financial Management is one of the Principles of Good Democratic Governance, and an important condition for a continuous delivery of public services to the citizens. This issue holds particular relevance in Finland today, given the recent extensive restructuring of the local government in...

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“A unique opportunity to set ambitious goals” – local government stakeholders discuss preparations for a new Law on Local Self-Government at Community Consultation Initiative

8 November 2023 Yerevan, Armenia

Following approval by PM Pashinyan of the Concept of Decentralisation policy paper – putting respect for the European Charter of Local Self-Government at the heart of the process – more than 50 stakeholders from central and local government, civil society, and the international community gathered...

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Strengthening Local Leadership in Finland: Third Stage of the Leadership Academy Programme

7-9 November 2023 Porvoo, Finland

Strong local leadership is a key condition for ensuring good democratic governance and having a clear direction in the development of the local authority. Paired with citizen participation in the decision-making process, institutional leadership contributes to a thriving municipality where...

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Public Ethics Benchmarking for local authorities in Ukraine 

20 OCTOBER 2023 KYIV, UKRAINE (hybrid)

Good democratic governance is the way in which democracy gains true substance in everyday life of people across communities in Europe. In the volatile context of the on-going aggression by the Russian Federation, Ukraine remains committed to observe the highest standards of public ethics and...

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Strengthening the organisational leadership of local government in Cyprus with the launch of the Leadership Academy Programme

18 October 2023 Limassol, Cyprus

The recent Recommendation CM/Rec(2023) 5 of the Committee of Ministers to member States on the principles of good democratic governance acknowledges the practice of good administration as a fundamental of good democratic governance. Principle 8 on Leadership, capability and capacity notes that...

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Strengthening Metropolitan Governance: Policy Advice for the City of Turku

19 October 2023 Turku, Finland

In the rapidly evolving landscape of urbanisation, metropolitan areas are undergoing significant growth which can sometimes present substantial challenges to the performance of the local governments. These transformations necessitate a proactive and tailored approach to ensuring governance...

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High-Level Dialogue in Ukraine: Decentralisation and Transition to Civilian Regime

14 OCtober 2023 Lviv, Ukraine

Ukraine committed itself to continuing the decentralisation reforms and improving national legislation in line with the European standards. The Council of Europe is supporting the reforms through the special High-Level Dialogue on “Good Democratic Governance in Ukraine: Achievements, Challenges...

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Finnish Ministry of Finance publishes Peer Review Report on the revision of responsibilities and operational mechanisms at local and regional level

12 October 2023 Strasbourg, France

The Centre of Expertise for Good Governance (CEGG) mobilised senior officials from several Council of Europe member States to participate in this important intergovernmental cooperation activity. Finnish authorities sought advice on the revision of responsibilities and operational mechanisms at...

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