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ELoGE - ALDA in Strasbourg to master the 12 principles of good governance

Last 13th and 14th September, a delegation composed by some ALDA and LDAs staff and representatives, joined a very special training at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, held by the Centre of Expertise for Local Government Reform.

The training was about the 12 principles of Good Governance, developed by the Centre of Expertise during the past10 years to assess the performance of the Local Governments in the CoE Member States. Principles range from responsiveness to rule of law, ethical conduct, sound financial management, Fair Conduct of Elections, Representation and Participation.

If a local Government scores good enough, it gets the label EloGE - European Label of Governance Excellence. In the past months ALDA requested the accreditation to become a trainer on these 12 principles and uphold good governance in the local communities it works with in the enlarge Europe.

This training was organized to get us ready for this new inspiring task. Good governance is a concept which differs very much from one local context to another (different laws, administrative systems, praxis, etc.). The challenge is to take this into account whilst evaluating the LAs’ performance and the key word we learn during the training is “flexibility”. Also, the good governance is never a permanent achievement, and a constant work is needed to ensure that principles are duly pursued or performed.

We will do our best to implement the lessons learnt in the training and from now on we are thrilled to use this more tool to strive for local democracy and equal societies. 

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