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Community Consultations: strengthening local democracy in Armenia

10 May 2022 Yerevan, Armenia

How to consolidate democratic development, decentralisation and good governance in Armenia by simplifying the legal framework for local self-government? This was the key question discussed by local stakeholders at a public consultation meeting in Yerevan, Armenia yesterday. Proposals that address...

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Working Group on Deliberative Democracy first meeting

5-6 May 2022 Strasbourg, France

In light of rising insecurity, democratic backsliding and increasing lack of trust by people in democratic institutions and processes, a growing number of Council of Europe member States have been looking at ways to strengthen democratic practices. Deliberative democracy has the potential to...

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How do you promote effective democracy and good governance at all levels in Romania? Launch ELoGE!

4 May 2022 Bucharest, Romania

Building citizens trust in public decision-making is essential to improving the quality and transparency of governance. The General Secretariat of the Government of Romania recently requested accreditation to deliver the European Label of Governance Excellence (ELoGE) in Romania with the aim of...

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ELoGE Launched in Latvia

29 April 2022 Riga, Latvia / online

Good Democratic Governance provides a foundation for delivery of quality public services, accountable management of resources and participation of citizens in decision making at the local level. It is a dynamic system of rules and practices which constantly needs to be improved at all levels of...

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Highlights of the 15th CDDG: Deliberative democracy and democratic governance

21-22 April 2022 Strasbourg / hybrid format

The 15th meeting of the European Committee on Democracy and Governance (CDDG) took place on 21-22 April 2022 in Strasbourg, in a hybrid format. In the current context of instability, hostility, and democratic backsliding in Europe, the current specific tasks of the CDDG to develop a...

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Tutte le strade portano a ELoGE: the importance of good democratic governance in Italy

11 April 2022 Venice, Italy

A launch conference for the European Label of Governance Excellence (ELoGE) was held under the Italian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in Venice on 11 April. Good Democratic Governance is encapsulated in the 12 Principles which are interrelated and most effective...

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Strengthening the capacity of the Association of Estonian Cities and Municipalities

8 April 2022 Tallinn and online

European experience shows that strong decentralisation is needed to deliver high quality local public services, thereby improving the quality of life for all citizens. This makes constant demands on both central authorities and local government, which can be best facilitated by a strong national...

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Local governments unite for welfare and peace”: online marathon series between Ukrainian local leaders and their international counterparts

8 April 2022 online

The Council of Europe through its Centre of Expertise for Good Governance in cooperation with the Ministry for Communities and Territories Development of Ukraine has held a series of online conferences “Local governments unite for welfare and peace” from 18 March to 7 April 2022. Amid the ongoing...

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Measuring democratic governance by European standards: ELoGE launch event in Pristina

6 April 2022 Pristina, Kosovo*

At a launch event for the European Label of Governance Excellence in Kosovo*, Minister Krasniqi stated that it is the ambition of the Ministry of Local Government Administration to promote good democratic governance in all municipalities throughout the territory, and to help measure performance...

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Evaluation of good democratic governance at the local level in Latvia

6 April 2022 Riga, Latvia

Good democratic governance at the local level is essential for the development of a strong and sustainable society. The Council of Europe Centre of Expertise for Good Governance promotes such good governance through an innovative and stimulative approach, by implementing its tool European Label...

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Supporting decentralisation and good democratic governance through sound financial management

31 March 2022 – 22 April 2022 Armenia

How can we help ensure that local officials are efficient and effective in their use of public resources and prudent and productive in their use of public funds? Sound financial management is a key component of the 12 Principles of Good Democratic Governance and so the Centre of Expertise for...

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Human Resources Management in Lithuania – a manual adaptation to the local and regional needs

5 April 2022 Vilnius, Lithuania

Good Human Resources Management (HRM) is important for ensuring good democratic governance. It is vital for maintaining competent and capable local and regional public administration, and an effective performance of their staff responsible for delivering quality public services. The Centre of...

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CDDG adopts statement on the aggression of Ukraine by the Russian Federation

28 March 2022 Strasbourg, France

On 28 March 2022, the European Committee on Democracy and Governance (CDDG) adopted by written procedure a public statement in which it condemns the aggression and recalls the continued actions Ukraine had taken collectively with Member States through programmes to develop and strengthen...

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CDDG Bureau: Recommending Good Governance, Deliberating Democracy

24-25 March 2022 Strasbourg, France

The CDDG Bureau discussed a draft recommendation on the Principles of Good Democratic Governance, acknowledging how essential they are to peaceful and prosperous European democracies based on common values. A presentation of a study on deliberative and participatory democracy, carried out by the...

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#StandWithUkraine – CONFERENCE – Local Governments Unite for Welfare and Peace

18 March 2022 Kyiv, Ukraine and online

The Council of Europe through its Centre of Expertise for Good Governance is supporting a series of online conferences dedicated to discussing the emergency situation in Ukraine and offering advice and support to the Ukrainian local authorities. The series is designed to offer an opportunity for...

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Promoting Good Democratic Governance in Bosnia Herzegovina

17 March 2022 Zavidovicí, Bosnia-Herzegovina

How can civil society and local authorities cooperate to promote good democratic governance in Bosnia-Herzegovina? Introducing the European Label of Governance Excellence (ELoGE) is one avenue that was launched at a Forum held in Zavidovicí today. The Forum was organised in the context of the...

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Local Finance Benchmarking in Slovakia: training for experts

15 March 2022 Slovakia, online

Sound financial management at the local level is one of the 12 Principles of good democratic governance. It helps ensure financial autonomy of the municipality, continuous delivery of public services and demonstrates accountability by the local leadership to its electorate. The Centre of...

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Strategic Municipal Planning in Slovakia: training for experts

10 March 2022 Slovakia, online

The Centre of Expertise for Good Governance is supporting the Slovak authorities in increasing the capacity of its municipalities to create strategic development plans thereby contributing to good democratic governance at local level. To this end, the Centre of Expertise has started implementing...

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ELoGE in Spain: First Round in the Region of Murcia

3 March 2022 Murcia, Spain

The European Label of Governance Excellence (ELoGE) was launched for the first time in the Spanish Region of Murcian on 3 March at the premises of the University of Murcia, the accredited entity to implement ELoGE through its Chair on Good Governance and Public Integrity. During the event,...

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Consulting stakeholders to further decentralisation and promote fiscal autonomy in Armenia

1 March 2022 Yerevan, Armenia

Tourist taxes offer a means for local authorities to demand a contribution from occasional visitors to cost of public services which they benefit from during their stay. A Hotel Tax was prepared over 10 years ago in Armenia but never applied. In the context of further decentralisation, and as a...

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