European Union-Council of Europe Partnership for Good Governance (PGG)

In December 2014, the Council of Europe and the European Union signed the Partnership for Good Governance for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, and Belarus, for the period covering 2015-2017.

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, in close co-operation with the Directorate General for Democracy, is responsible for the implementation of the thematic component “Strengthening institutional frameworks for local governance”.

The activities – both country-based and regional – aim at:

  • incorporating best practices and implementing policy recommendations;
  • increasing leadership capacities of local elected representatives;
  • strengthening the capacities of local authorities by promoting good governance, transparency, accountability, ethical behaviour and ways to prevent and combat corruption;
  • fostering citizens’ participation as a means of reinforcing the accountability of local authorities.

Programme "Strengthening institutional frameworks for local governance"

Period: 01.01.2015 – 31.12.2017
Funded by: Council of Europe / European Union Partnership for Good Governance

Steering Committee Community of practice

The Steering Committee is the coordination body for the thematic programme. It meets on a yearly basis to discuss the results achieved and the work prospects for the upcoming year. Appointed members of the Steering Committee include Heads or members of the national delegations to the Congress, representatives of the central authorities/line ministries responsible for the local government reform in the participating countries and national associations of local and regional authorities.

 Meeting on 15 April 2015
 Meeting on 5 February 2016: English - Russian
 Meeting on 26 January 2017: English - Russian

The community of practice consists of experts in the fields of local governance and ethics, representatives of the local and regional associations, and Congress members. It serves as an important networking basis, ensuring consistent communication on national developments, best practice and involvement in the programme's activities.

Meeting on 14–15 January 2016
Meeting on 13–14 October 2016
Meeting on 1-2 March 2017
Meeting on 29 June 2017

Local initiatives on ethical governance and transparency

The Congress is supporting 12 municipalities in Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, for the implementation of ‘local initiatives on ethical governance and transparency’. The local initiatives scheme (funding, coaching and peer reviews) for 2017, will support mayors, involved in the ‘Mayors, leaders for change’ activities, in their efforts to enhance the local governance system, improve citizens’ access to good administration, and lead in a transparent, ethical and accountable manner.

Local initiatives scheme - brief
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Call for proposals - English  - Russian
Frequently Asked Questions

Study on roles and responsibilities of mayors and local councillors  Introductory Conference

Mayors and local councillors play a vital leadership role in promoting the principles of local democracy in their communities. The study takes an integral look at the execution of roles and functions of local elected representatives, the division and scope of their responsibilities, the situation of local finances and the quality of local democracy. It is developed with the aim to strengthen the local leaders in order for them to further contribute to the development of local democratic governance.

Download the study : English - Russian

The conference “Strengthening Democracy and Local Governance in the Eastern Partnership countries: Sharing the vision” was organised by the Congress of the Council of Europe on 10 and 11 July 2015 in Tbilisi, Georgia, in co-operation with the National Association of Local Authorities of Georgia (NALAG)

More information
Post-event press release

"Mayors, leaders for change" workshops

Country-specific workshops were organised in two parts for mayors in Armenia (8 – 10 December 2015; 9 – 11 February 2016), Georgia (24 – 26 November 2015; 23 – 25 February 2016), Moldova (5 – 7 October 2015; 2 – 4 February 2016) and Ukraine (29 – 30 March 2016). Part one focused on developing the capacities of mayors as leaders of their communities, and on issues related to enhancing trust in local authorities. Developing on the work initiated, part two was dedicated to local values and ethical behaviours, enhancing mayors’ skills to plan effectively and strategically, involving relevant stakeholders.

Concept and agenda
Trombinoscope : English - Russian

Part One – Photos
Armenia workshop
Georgia workshop
Moldova workshop

Part Two - Photos
Georgia workshop
Moldova workshop
Ukraine workshop

Regional seminar
Local public ethics: from vision to action
Regional seminar
Citizen participation: an essential tool in local democracy

The seminar “Local public ethics: from vision to action” was held on 21 - 23 June 2016, in Kyiv, Ukraine. It aimed to increase the awareness and readiness of mayors to implement higher ethical standards in public policies, and to promote ethical governance and transparency in their daily activities.

Announcement press release: English - Russian - Ukrainian
Post-event press releases : Ethics in local policies: local elected representatives from Eastern Partnership join forces - Ukraine : supporting accountability and transparency at local level

Short film on the event

The seminar “Citizen participation: an essential tool in local democracy” was held on 14 – 16 November 2016, in Chisinau, Moldova. It aimed to reinforce the accountability of local authorities, and to provide a platform for exchange on the challenges and solutions when engaging citizens in local decision-making.

Agenda - English - Russian
Announcement press release: English
Post-event press release: Citizens as partners in local policy-making in the Eastern Partnership region

Institutionalised citizen participation: an instrument for democratic governance

Memorandum of Understanding

The country-specific conference “Institutionalised citizen participation: an instrument for democratic governance” was held on 15 June 2017, in Tbilisi. It served as a platform for analysis of the foundation for local governance in Georgia and the effectiveness of the institutionalised mechanisms for citizen participation.

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The signature of a Memorandum of Understanding between the national associations of local and regional authorities from Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine took place on 29 June 2017. Enabled by the Congress, it constituted a crucial step towards strengthened co-operation between the facilitators of dialogue on local self-government in the region. Memorandum of understanding -
English/Georgian/ Romanian/Ukrainian Agenda 
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