Decision-makers in Bulgaria, Norway, Ukraine and Wallonia have already adopted the strategy outlining the 12 principles of good governance.
Some 40 local authorities have also agreed to be testing centres for a future European labeling project which would see cities and towns awarded prizes in recognition of their commitment to service excellence, democratic ethics and sound financial management.
"We are trying to improve the quality of services at local government level through a stronger commitment from elected officials, municipal administrations and citizens," said a Council of Europe spokesman.
European Label for Innovation and Good Governance at Local Level
The citizen at the heart of innovation at local level
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