The project supports Ukrainian local authorities and elected representatives in their efforts to promote ethical decision-making and more citizen-oriented, transparent, accountable and participatory governance as a means to increase trust in local political actors and institutions among citizens.

In the absence of ethics and public accountability, corruption and malpractice are able to thrive, jeopardise the legitimacy of democratic institutions, and decrease the degree of trust that citizens place in their representatives at all levels.

To this end – and as the decentralisation of power advances – the project supports local authorities and their national associations in the promotion and implementation of public ethics standards and open government practices, thereby contributing to the ultimate goal of the project: strengthening local democracy and building trust at local level in Ukraine.

This thematic area directly contributes to the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals 11 (Sustainable cities and communities), 16 (Peace, justice and strong institutions) and 17 (Partnership for the goals).

OPEN GOVERNMENT PARTNERSHIP OPEN GOVERNMENT PARTNERSHIP

As a worldwide initiative, the Open Government Partnership (OGP) provides a global platform where governments can exchange experiences and good practices, and form global partnerships. It also includes local governments through the new OGP Local Engagement Strategy, the implementation of which started in January 2020.

In this context, the Congress and the Association of Ukrainian Cities (AUC) are petitioning Ukrainian national authorities to formally include the AUC in the co-ordination group of the National Open Government Initiative, along with representatives of national authorities and civil society, to strengthen the voice of local authorities in the design, implementation, monitoring and impact of Ukraine’s commitments to the OGP.

The Congress has also supported AUC members in their application processes for the OGP Local Programme, leading to the selection of the municipalities of Khmelnytskiy, Ternopil and Vinnytsya among the 56 new members of OGP Local. It is a result of continued support provided by the Congress, in co-operation with the AUC, to Ukrainian local authorities in developing open government and e-governance.

Furthermore, following discussions on the development of sustainable multilevel collaboration on open government in Ukraine and the effective inclusion of local and regional authorities in the design and implementation of the National OGP Action Plan, the Congress, jointly with the AUC, developed a concept for the establishment of a permanent Platform for National - Local Dialogue on Open Government in Ukraine. The concept was debated and agreed on by the Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, and the Platform will be formally established in 2021

STRENGTHENING OPEN LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC SERVICE ETHICS STRENGTHENING OPEN LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC SERVICE ETHICS
EUROPEAN LOCAL DEMOCRACY WEEK EUROPEAN LOCAL DEMOCRACY WEEK
Thematic areas Thematic areas
Contacts Contacts

Council of Europe Office in Ukraine

8, Illinska Street, entrance 7, floor 5, Kyiv, 04070, Ukraine

 

Svitlana GRYSHCHENKO
Project Manager,
Council of Europe Office in Kyiv

Marité MORAS
Head of Unit, Co-operation and External Relations Division, Secretariat of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe