EloGE – European Label of Governance Excellence is a programme of the Council of Europe – Centre of Expertise for Good Governance.
The European Label of Governance Excellence (ELoGE) is awarded to municipalities which have achieved a high level of good governance measured against a Council of Europe benchmark.
ELoGE can be awarded to municipalities of Council of Europe member States which achieve a high standard of governance, as measured against a national (regional) benchmark which is equivalent to the European Benchmark of the Centre of Expertise and based on the Twelve Principles of Good Democratic Governance.
ELoGE programme is designed to support municipalities to enhance their performance and provide high quality services in an improved system of local self-government.
In the process of applying for the ELoGE, the local government unit carries out self-assessments, conducts surveys among residents as well as employees and councilors, and also collects documentation allowing to check whether the self-assessment is justified.
Local government offices deciding to take part in the program undertake an engaging task related to the self-evaluation of the quality of implemented public services. This means that they put a special emphasis on raising the standards of their work in areas subject to self-assessment. It includes a way to measure and verification of compliance by each participating local government unit the Council of Europe 12 Principles of Good Democratic Governance and promoted in all Member States as part of the implementation of the European Strategy for Innovation and Good Governance at the Local Level. These are: