European Federation of Local Government Chief Executives


Paul Gatt
President UDITE
2018 - 2021


The European Federation Local Authority Chief Executive Officers is a European umbrella body that brings together European professional associations for local authority chief executives and clerks in Belgium, Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxemburg, Malta, Spain and Portugal.

The aim of the association is to promote relations between the professional associations of Chief Executives and Municipal Clerks representing European local authorities, to develop exchanges of information, to share professional experiences, contribute to the enhancement of the role and functions of local authorities and to contribute to democracy and the European Union.

The Presidency of UDITE is currently held by Paul Gatt on behalf of the National Association for Local Council and Regional Executive Secretaries in Malta for three years until December 2021.

Announcements archive

UDiTE Admin | 10 February

The 19th edition of the European Week of Regions and Cities will take place digitally from 11th to 14th October 2021. As in 2020, EWRC will be a digital event. The launch event took place on 19th January for all organisations interested in being associated with the week this year.  Preparations are underway between UDITE and VEOLIA (our business partner) to play a prominent role in this year’s event.  Under the slogan “Together for recovery”

UDiTE Admin | 10 February

Open to all cities with a population of over 100 000, the 2021 Global Mayor Challenge launched by Michael Bloomberg, is one of the most far reaching, and ambitious challenges to date. It will shortlist 50 of the most innovative urban solutions in the wake of COVID-19, the Challenge will award 15 grand prize winners $1 million each – to help cities implement their breakthrough ideas and, ultimately, spread those ideas to  pandemic struck cities on a global scale.

UDiTE Admin | 10 February

Paul Gatt, Ronny Frederickx and Simon Pascoe joined the online event to mark the 70th anniversary of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions on 28 January 2021. The event attracted over 500 participants from across Europe to reflect on the future of Europe in a century of transformation.  Local and regional leaders from 50 countries were united in sending their best wishes to CEMR at the online celebration of our 70th anniversary. The event looked at what Europe might look like in 2050

UDiTE Admin | 10 February

Members met and discussed its work and upcoming priorities on 28 January.  The delegates of the National Associations reviewed the status of various initiatives and how 2021 can be planned further around the constraints COVID-19 places upon us all.  The pandemic, has had an impact on UDITE business and several dossiers have had to be delayed as it is particularly difficult to organise live meetings.  Nevertheless, members provided input and suggestions to helping to manage the associations workload and the President Paul Gatt encourage everyone to reach out in their efforts to find solutions locally.

UDiTE Admin | 8 October

Green Week 2020 open today in Brussels or at least virtually on the theme of biodiversity. Come and see us in the exhibition area now.Green Week will highlight the contribution biodiversity can make to society and the economy, and the role it can play in supporting and stimulating recovery in a post-pandemic world, bringing jobs and sustainable growth.

UDiTE Admin | 7 October

This year, the event is fully digital. Click on interactive plan of the exhibition, where you can find all the information about each exhibitor and their project per week theme. 

UDiTE Admin | 7 October

Taking place over 3 weeks, the European Week of Regions and Cities 2020 is an annual event during which cities and regions showcase their capacity to create growth and jobs, implement European Union cohesion policy, and prove the importance of the local and regional level for good European governance.All our session reports can been found in News & Events / Infos et evennements

UDiTE Admin | 6 October

UDITE – the European Federation of Chief Executives in Local Government was delighted to have hosted today (06/10/20) an important workshop in the Algarve town of Loulé to launch the European Label of Governance Excellence (ELoGE) in Portugal. In this special workshop, part physical, part online, Portuguese municipalities were introduced to the steps they would need to go through if they are to secure this prestigious European Award. The Mayor of Loulé, Vitor Aleixo, the President of ATAM - the Portuguese Association of Local Administration Workers, Francisco Aveira Correia and the President of UDITE, Paul Gatt were joined by Alina Tatarenko the Head of the Centre of Expertise from the Council of Europe to open the workshop.

UDiTE Admin | 8 July

The IUC programme has recently released a publication , which looks back on all that has been accomplished during the programme, with a focus on understanding how city-to-city and region-to-region cooperation can be used to foster and support sustainable urban development and the localisation of global goals .The publication features good practice examples from 70 IUC pairings spanning 33 countries (including 22 EU Member States) and all IUC regions.

Le programme IUC a récemment publié un document qui passe en revue tout ce qui a été accompli au cours du programme, en mettant l'accent sur la compréhension de la manière dont la coopération de ville à ville et de région à région peut être utilisée pour favoriser et soutenir le développement urbain durable et la localisation des objectifs mondiaux.

UDiTE Admin | 21 May

As part of a rolling series of COVID response videos being posted by ICMA, UDITE President Paul Gatt has expressed his solidarity for Chief Executives and City Managers dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak in North America and beyond where Chief Executives are doing a fantastic job leading by example in very challenging situations. Paul kicks off by explaining the local situation in Malta, the role of the local Councils and the current moves towards deconfinement there.

UDiTE Admin | 16 April

Whether you are a local authority manager or a business organisation providing service in the local and regional arena, come and find out more about our UDITE, its' member associations and connect directly as a UDITE business partner with local government managers across Europe.

Que vous soyez un gestionnaire de collectivité locale ou une entreprise de la chaîne d'approvisionnement fournissant des services au niveau local et régional, venez en apprendre davantage sur notre UDITE, sesassociations membres et entrez directement en contact, en tant que partenaire commercial de l'UDITE, avec des des collectivités locales de toute l'Europe.