How do you promote effective democracy and good governance at all levels in Romania? Launch ELoGE!

Strengthening citizens’ trust in public decision-making is key to improving the quality and transparency of governance. The General Secretariat of the Romanian Government recently applied for accreditation to deliver the European Label of Governance Excellence (ELoGE) in Romania with the aim of improving the quality of public administration at all levels of government in Romania and meet the needs of citizens. The ELoGE project was presented to interested municipalities and stakeholders during a hybrid event in Bucharest today (4 May 2022).

The Head of the Council of Europe’s Democracy and Governance Department, Mr Daniel Popescu, noted that Romania was joining a growing number of member states in launching ELoGE as a means of promoting good democratic governance in the local level. Following recent launch events in Italy, Latvia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, it was the turn of the Romanian authorities to invite their municipalities to apply for the coveted dodecahedron. Representatives of municipalities and civil society from all over Romania joined the event in person or online to find out how they could participate in raising awareness of the 12 principles of good democratic governance.

ELoGE is based on the self-assessment of municipalities by local elected officials, elected officials and citizens. It is imperative to recognize that the journey to ELoGE is as important as the destination. By committing to the Benchmark, municipalities agree to measure their performance against each of the 12 Principles. They also provide citizens with a platform to assess the performance of their local authority. Civil servants and citizens of all municipalities participating in the ELoGE program will have a better understanding of good democratic governance which, in itself, will contribute to the improvement of governance practices in Romania.

Helen D. Jessen