Professional development

UDITE works on behalf of its members to encourage the sharing of best practice through joint workshops and collaborative studies. The European and International dimension is a vital component for career development and the work place learning.  We encourage our members to learn new skills from each other and expand knowledge on issues such as Strategic Risk Management, leadership, policy development, finance and performance monitoring, collaboration and communication  and project management.

UDITE Academy 2020-2021

The Association is preparing a UDITE Academy programme in France, Ireland, Spain, Belgium (Brussels-Wallonia), Portugal and Malta to address priority issues confronting Chief Executives and Clerks.  In close partnership with our national members we are currently identifying a programme of key territorial and management issues confronting our members including Strategic Risk Management, leadership, policy development, finance and performance monitoring, public/public collaboration and public / private partnerships.  The objective of the UDITE academy will be to identify a keynote speaker on the topic and bring in three colleagues from fellow national associations in order to share European and International experience on the topic.  The findings from each Academy will be published towards the end of 2021 in ‘UDITE-Cahiers’.  Business partners will be invited to support these events. MORE INFORMATION TO FOLLOW

    UDITE working with Council of Europe to apply the 12 Principles of Good Governance and European Label of Governance Excellence (ELoGE)

    In 2015, we worked closely with the Council of Europe Centre for Excellence to launch the 12 Principles of Good Governance and European Label of Governance Excellence (ELoGE).  ELoGE is a self assessment process for municipalities and local authorities to assess their respective approaches issues such as ethical conduct, rule of law, efficiency and effectiveness, transparency, sound financial management and accountability. 

    As a trusted partner of the CoE Centre for Excellence, UDITE issued its first call to members in 2015 where the following local authorities joined the scheme including Watermael-Boitsfort (Belgium), Fleury-les-Aubrais and Metz (France),  Cork and Limerick (Ireland), Naxxar and Qormi (Malta), Pombal, Agueda, Valongo, Sintra and Ponte da Barca (Portugal) and Madrid, Barcelona and Parets del Valles (Spain).

    The European Label of Governance’ Excellence (ELoGE) is awarded to local authorities having achieved a high overall level of good governance measured against the relevant benchmark.  ELoGE is symbolised by a crystal dodecahedron engraved with the 12 Principles. The Label is awarded by a national or regional Stakeholders’ Platform to local authorities which demonstrate respect of the 12 Principles. This Platform needs to be accredited by the Stakeholders’ Platform of the Council of Europe.

    Local authorities who wish to apply for the Label are evaluated according to the following tools: a benchmark, a survey of citizens, and a survey of local elected representatives.

    The evaluation allows local authorities to understand their strengths and their weaknesses when providing public services to the local community and exercising public authority. To improve the quality of local governance, local authorities can use various tools developed by the Centre of Expertise and take inspiration from their colleagues’ best practices.  Watch the following video to learn more about the award.

    To read more about all of the principles, visit the Council of Europe website.

    Principle 1

    Principle 1 - Fair Conduct of Elections, Representation and Participation

    Principle 2

    Principle 2 - Responsiveness

    Principle 3

    Principle 3 - Efficiency and Effectiveness

    Principle 4

    Principle 4 - Openness and Transparency

    Principle 5

    Principle 5 - Rule of Law

    Principle 6

    Principle 6 - Ethical conduct

    Principle 7

    Principle 7 - Competence and Capacity

    Principle 8

    Principle 8 - Innovation and Openness to Change

    Principle 9

    Principle 9 - Sustainability and Long-term Orientation

    Principle 10

    Principle 10 - Sound Financial Management

    Principle 11

    Principle 11 - Human rights, Cultural Diversity and Social Cohesion

    Principle 12

    Principle 12 - Accountability


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