ELoGE conference in Romania: municipalities commit to strengthening good democratic governance

More than 50 Romanian local authorities have committed to measuring their governance practice against the 12 principles of good democratic governance. At a conference organized by General Government Secretariat at Victoria Palace in BucharestRomania, Mr. Marian Neacsu, Secretary General, reaffirmed his government’s commitment to improving governance practices at local level in Romania through the implementation of the European Label of Governance Excellence (ELoGE).

The cities, towns and municipalities of each of the regions of Romania have officially committed to continue a process of self-assessment based on the European benchmark of good governance.

Mr Daniel Popescu, Head of the Democracy and Governance Department of the Council of Europe, welcomed the enthusiasm of Romanian local authorities to engage in the ELoGE process. He noted that ELoGE is as much about the journey as the destination and that municipalities, local elected officials and citizens will benefit from being involved in a process of self-assessment of the good democratic governance practices of their local authorities.

Romania joins a long list of Council of Europe member states, from Latvia and Lithuania to Portugal and Spain, France and Italy and several Western Balkan states, which recognize all the merits of measuring the practices of local authorities against the 12 principles of good democratic governance.

ELoGE is based on a partnership between the Council of Europe and a national organization or a platform with know-how, expertise or substantive experience in the field of good governance, particularly in local level. The ELoGE process in Romania will be overseen by a National Evaluation Committee chaired by Mr. Victor Moraru, Director General of Open Government, and also comprising the National Institute of Administration and the Ministry of Development, Public Works and Administration. The Conference also heard from a wide range of local government stakeholders, including the National Union of County Councilsthe Association of Municipalitiesthe Syndicate of Communesand the Association of Cities.

Helen D. Jessen