Professional development - UDiTE
GOOD GOVERNANCE PROJECT IS STARTING IN PORTUGAL
Back in March 2016, the Centre for Expertise of the Council of Europe, informed UDiTE of its Strategy on Innovation and Good Governance at local level.
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.
Since then a first phase of implementation saw local authorities from 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) join the UDITE accredited scheme.
Now in this new second phase, a new pilot project on "Good Governance" will be launched in 2020/2021 which will involve the focus shifting to Portuguese municipalities. A call to participate in the self-assessment exercise that could eventually lead to the ELoGE (European Label of Governance Excellence) award will be launched in late 2020 by UDITE and ATAM who will lead this project.