Case Study Category: ELoGE
- Implementation and Methodology
- Target groups
- Good Practices
- Awarded Municipalities
- Useful materials/further information
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The implementation of ELoGE is decentralized and takes place through national platforms that are managed by national actors. These platforms request accreditation from the Council of Europe. In France, the national platform is led by the CNFPT and the SNGDCT. Members of the platform also include the AATF, the SFE (Société Française d’Evaluation), the AFCCRE, Sciences Po Strasbourg, EUROPA, independent experts and, in an advisory capacity, the AMF and the Council of Europe.
This platform has the task of appointing the experts responsible for examining the applications of the candidate’s cities and carrying out field visits, examining the recommendations of these experts, and deciding whether or not to grant the Label.
After the decision of their respective Mayors to apply for the ELoGE Label, the 4 cities started the preparation of application in the summer of 2019, with the participation of the local authority official.
These managers, with various profiles (Project Manager or Head of Department), worked under the direct responsibility of the Director General of Services (DGS). The members of the project team first completed the evaluation grid and provided in this context the evaluation grid and provided the justifications/public documents targeted on each item referred to the 12 principles, for the most part in the form of hypertext links.
The elected representatives questionnaires were distributed to all the respective city councillors. The citizens' questionnaires were put online so that a maximum number of citizens could complete them, or distribute them through the community's stakeholders. In each of the 4 communities, the self-assessment grid and the two questionnaires were completed in a rigorous and qualitative manner, with detailed analyses of the results.
Meetings were also organized with panels of citizens involved in the various projects, supplemented by agents from the departments of the cities concerned. These direct and quality exchanges allowed the experts to better appreciate the commitment of the 4 cities to the relationship with the citizens and to note the vitality of the democratic dialogue.
The experts were also provided with a wide range of additional documentation of varying degrees of detail during their respective visits, which enabled them to become aware of the cities' efforts in terms of communication and and transparency, both in terms of content and form.
Finally, the ELoGE Label was awarded to the 4 cities during an official ceremony organised at the end of October 2020, at the Palais de l'Europe, headquarters of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, in the framework of the French Presidency of CoE.
ELoGE France involved 3 target groups:
- Municipal employees
- Elected representatives
A workshop with the representatives of the four French Municipalities was organised in October in order to carry out a first evaluation of the 1st Edition of the ELoGE Label implementation, collect their testimonies on the practical and technical aspects and their suggestions for improvement. All the Municipalities insisted on the added value of the ELoGE Label, which allowed them to carry out an in-depth self-assessment of their existing practices and systems related to the 12 Principles of Innovation and good democratic governance.