Democracy and governance: CDDG holds high level exchanges on priorities and reforms and finalises new texts

28-29 November 2022 Strasbourg, France

The European Committee on Democracy and Governance (CDDG) held its 16th plenary meeting on 28-29 November 2022 in Strasbourg. Exchanges of views with Ambassador Svetlana GELEVA (Chair of the Committee of Ministers’ Rapporteur Group on Democracy) and with Mr Thorvardur THORSSON, Deputy Permanent...

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Strengthening financial independence of Slovak municipalities: policy advice

29-30 November 2022 Bratislava, Slovakia

With almost 3.000 municipalities, Slovakia is among the countries in Europe with most fragmented territorial organisation. In turn, this causes high overheads for the functioning of the local governments, at the same time limiting the possibilities for economies of scale. The weaknesses of the...

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Regional Governance in Lithuania: Closing Conference

22 November 2022 Vilnius, Lithuania and online

The Council of Europe - European Union Joint Project “Establishment of legal, institutional and financial framework at regional (county) level, capacity-building to enhance quality of regional public administration in Lithuania” will come to its end on 15 December 2022. To present the achieved...

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Interdependence and interconnectedness of European states reaffirmed by Bulgarian and Serbian municipalities of the Nisava region

24 November 2022 Sofia, Bulgaria

Participants of a Leadership Academy Programme for Cross-border Cooperation programme held in the Nisava border region between Serbia and Bulgaria signed a political declaration reaffirming that the benefits of cross-border cooperation are not limited to the integrated development of border areas...

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Award Ceremony concluding the first round of ELoGE in the Region of Murcia

23 November 2022 Murcia, Spain

The European Label of Governance Excellence (ELoGE) is expanding into new Spanish regions, after 4 successful rounds held in the Basque Country since 2017. The conclusion of a first pilot for the Spanish Region of Murcia was celebrated on 23 November, with an Award Ceremony hosted by the...

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Municipalities in Croatia, Kosovo* and North Macedonia awarded European Label of Governance Excellence (ELoGE)

22 November 2022 Skopje, North Macedonia

At an award ceremony in Skopje, North Macedonia, Mr Risto Penov, Minister of Local Self- Government of North Macedonia, welcomed representatives from municipalities in Croatia, Kosovo*, and his own state and acknowledged that the opportunity to share experience and learn from each other was an...

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Council of Europe supports the elaboration of the development strategy for the Lviv Agglomeration in Ukraine

18 November 2022 Lviv, Ukraine - Online

Should metropolitan governance be one of the priorities for Ukraine’s recovery and a part of the modernisation efforts during the wartime and post war period? On 18 November 2022, at the Launch meeting of the Steering Committee in Lviv Agglomeration (Western Ukraine), high level participants gave...

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Serbia: Final conference of the Programme “Human Resources Management in Local Self-Government – phase 2”

17 November 2022 Belgrade, Serbia

Strong human resources management and professional development systems at local level form the backbone of a successful public administration, which in turn is crucial to ensure good democratic governance within Council of Europe member States. Furthermore, citizens increasingly expect local...

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Invitation to comment by 15 Decemlber 2022

Public Consultation on a Draft Recommendation on Deliberative Democracy

12 October 2022

Would you like to contribute to the creation of the first European standard on deliberative democracy? Innovative deliberative initiatives, such as citizens’ assemblies, citizen juries, townhall meetings, on the national and local level are already happening in many countries. Deliberative...

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Deliberative Democracy Forum Talk

8 November 2022 Strasbourg, France

The European Committee on Democracy and Governance (CDDG) hosted a Forum Talk on Deliberative Democracy in the context of the World Forum for Democracy. The Forum Talk “Deliberation: A Booster for Democracy?” offered an opportunity to reflect on experiences with deliberative initiatives on the...

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Good Democratic Governance among the key reforms for Ukraine

8-9 November 2022 Strasbourg, France

A High-level Dialogue “Good Democratic Governance in Ukraine: achievements, challenges and the way forward in post-war period” was held in Strasbourg in the Council of Europe Headquarters during the 2022 World Forum for Democracy. “Good Democratic Governance is one of the key reform areas for...

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Regional development planning - a Peer review in Lithuania

8-10 November 2022 Vilnius, Lithuania

Lithuania has recently established a regional level of governance where its 10 newly established Regional Development Councils are primarily tasked with regional development planning. The Centre of Expertise is supporting the Lithuanian authorities to improve the development of their regional...

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Good Democratic Governance in Ukraine: a High-level Dialogue in Strasbourg

8-9 November 2022 Strasbourg, France

What are the key achievements and current challenges of good democratic governance in Ukraine? What is the way forward in post-war period? How to ensure a smooth transition from the military administration under martial law to the civil administration? How to secure democratic environment for...

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Shaping the legal framework to consolidate decentralisation and promote economic development in Armenia

20 October 2022 Yerevan, Armenia

Preparing a legislative framework for local self-government that is designed to support local autonomy and promote local economic development is key to ensuring effective decentralisation and democratic development in Armenia. On 20 October 2022, some 40+ stakeholders from local authorities,...

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Ukraine: Grants to Strengthen Good Governance and Local Economy

19 October 2022 Online

How to strengthen good democratic governance and local economy during wartime? The special project implemented in Ukraine with the support of the Centre of Expertise provided grants to improve formal and informal training and education in the Ukrainian communities. The results of the project were...

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Peer review in Serbia: how to strengthen human resources policy

18-20 October 2022 Belgrade, Serbia

Professional development is a central component of human resources development, and it plays a crucial role in ensuring that civil servants are prepared, motivated and capable to perform their tasks, especially at the local level. On 18-20 October 2022, the Joint European Union – Council of...

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Strategic Planning: Workshop for the Lithuanian Regions

17 October 2022 Vilnius, Lithuania

Strategic regional planning (SRP) is an important component of delivering good democratic governance to citizens as it sets the regional long term development vision and its targets to be achieved. The Council of Europe Centre of Expertise for Good Governance (CEGG) supports the Lithuanian...

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Deputy Ministers of Georgia and Armenia to promote cross-border cooperation

17-19 October 2022 Akhaltsikhe, Georgia

Bringing the people of Armenia and Georgia closer together based on shared principles and common heritage which transcend boundaries is the key objective of the 2nd Stage of the Leadership Academy for Cross-border Cooperation for local authorities of the bordering regions of Armenia and Georgia...

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Developing trainers’ competencies in Serbia

7 October 2022 Belgrade, Serbia

Ensuring that the competencies of trainers are kept updated and aligned with the needs of the trained staff is crucial to ensure a modern and efficient human resources management within local governments. On 7 October 2022, a hybrid conference titled “Be the creator of your own excellence” was...

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Lithuania / Finland: Comparative study on financing public services at the regional level

June - October 2022 Vilnius, Helsinki, online

Political or economic contexts in which local and regional authorities operate might be different in each country, but their challenges are often similar: ensuring that decisions are taken in accordance with the principles of good democratic governance; that there is accountability for the...

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