European Label of Governance Excellence – ELoGE

ELoGE – The European Label of Governance Excellence is a programme of the Council of Europe – Centre of Expertise for Good Governance, which aims to reward local governments characterized by a high level of democratic governance through the 12 European Principles of Good Governance, identified as benchmarks to define and assess the level of local democratization.


The ELoGE programme aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • Improve and enhance good democratic governance of local governments.
  • Promote the democratic participation of citizens in the public life of their municipality.
  • Support municipalities in understanding their strengths and weaknesses in decision-making and delivery of public services.
  • Collect and disseminate good practices from other local communities identified during the evaluation process for the assignment of the ELoGE recognition.

Mode of operation

The ELoGE Programme is divided into 4 phases:

Phase 1 – Application

The municipality wishing to receive ELoGE recognition must submit its application to the national/regional platform accredited to award ELoGE

Phase 2 – Implementation

Once a candidate, the municipality must apply the ELoGE assessment tools:

  • Self-Assessment through the Matrix of 12 Principles/Benchmarks.
  • Administration of the 3 questionnaires (i.e. local administrators, municipal employees, citizens)

Phase 3 – Evaluation

The National Evaluation Platform (a committee of experts that analyse the final data) deliberates the list of the municipalities that will be awarded the ELoGE Label.

Phase 4 – Award Ceremony

During an Award Ceremony the accredited body, aided by the members of the National Evaluation Platform assigns the ELoGE Label to the municipalities that have successfully completed the Programme and demonstrated compliance with the 12 Principles.

ELoGE’s expected results

The ELoGE Programme aims to achieve the following results:

  • Involvement and active participation of citizens in influencing local decision-making.
  • Increase in the level of democratization of local government.
  • Greater cooperation and collaboration between citizens and elected representatives.
  • Improved delivery of public services by local government.

Development of a public culture of governance that is closer to the needs and requirements of citizens.

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