bE-Open: Open Local Government | A tool for action
bE-Open has been developed by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe in the framework of its co-operation activities. This online tool, launched in 2021, aims to support all local and regional governance actors in their efforts to improve the quality of local democracy in their villages, cities, and regions, as well as any citizen interested in public ethics, accountability, transparency and citizen participation.
Local governments are granted with a degree of autonomy over the distribution of resources, play an intermediary role with regard to central governments, and represent the first interface between citizens and elected representatives. They therefore play a crucial role in building citizen trust and fostering participatory decision-making, which is the basis for any government to function effectively. The professionalism and integrity of local governments and administrations and their ability to function in a transparent, responsive and accountable manner will doubtlessly lead to enhanced, fair and equitable services to citizens.
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bE-Open provides quick and easy access to relevant international standards and domestic context, legislation, case law, guidelines and good practices in Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Kosovo* – categorised in four themes:
- Public ethics and accountability
- Citizen participation
- Prevention of corruption
*All references to Kosovo, whether the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.