Five Handbooks on Transparency and Citizen Participation in Albania, Armenia, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine have been developed by the Congress of the Council of Europe to support local and regional authorities in their efforts to make communities more open, ethical and citizen-oriented. These country-specific handbooks provide practical guidance on transparency policies and citizen participation mechanisms, and identify the most prevalent corruption risks. They identify the relevant international standards and national legislation and provide case-law examples and best practices which local and regional authorities are recommended to promote and apply.
These handbooks build on key priorities of the Congress for the period 2017-2020 and on the “Roadmap of activities for preventing corruption and promoting public ethics at local and regional levels”. Reducing corruption risks, promoting citizen participation, and developing effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels are key components of just and inclusive societies.
The ‘Handbooks on Transparency and Citizen Participation’ in Armenia, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine have been developed by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe within the thematic programme “Strengthening institutional frameworks for local governance”, implemented jointly with the Council of Europe Centre of Expertise for Local Government Reform, Directorate General of Democracy. This programme is funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe, and implemented by the Council of Europe, through the Partnership for Good Governance (PGG) 2015-2017 for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus.
The Handbook on Transparency and Citizen Participation in Albania has been jointly developed by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities and the NGO Partners Albania for Change and Development. Its production and publication have been made possible thanks to the financial contribution of the Government of the Principality of Liechtenstein.
- Marité Moras, Head of Unit, Co-operation and External Relations Department, Secretariat of the Council of Europe Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, firstname.lastname@example.org