Alliance UDiTE and PRIMO 2013/2014

Eulalio and JackA new strategic alliance for good public governance for cities and communities

The Federation of European Local Government Chief Executives (UDiTE),  premier professional network for Chief Executives and senior managers in the public sector in Europe and PRIMO Europe have signed an agreement for 2013 and 2014 to work together in a strategic alliance.

UDiTE President Eulalio Avila Cano: “The purpose of this alliance is to promote and encourage greater understanding and exchange of knowledge, ideas and expertise on Local Government, as well as strategic risk management for Local Government Chief Executives, and senior professionals in local authorities and in the public sectors across Europe.”

PRIMO President Jack Kruf: “UDiTE and PRIMO Europe will work in partnership on strategic risk management through their communications and networks with National Associations and their members to make available strategic risk management expertise and products developed by PRIMO Europe and thereby extend the existing National Associations networks of both UDiTE and PRIMO Europe.”

Avila Cano and Kruf: “We will also jointly promote products and services through our communications and networks with National Associations and our members in order to raise awareness of the relevance, knowledge and practice of strategic risk management as a key management skill which is a natural and integral part of good public governance comprise much more than preventing losses and reducing costs. We look forward to an intensive and fruitful cooperation, from which every municipality in Europe in fact should be able to profit.”


The Union des Dirigeants Territoriaux de l’Europe (i.e. the European Association for Local Authority Chief Executive Officers) started in Nancy, France, in March 1990 at the instigation of Gérard Combe, who was then Secrétaire Général of that city. The organisation was originally known as the “Commission Permanente des Dirigeants Territoriaux Européens” – the Standing Committee of European Local Authority Chief Executives. After the second meeting of the Standing Committee, in Dover in 1991, a permanent organisation was set up.  It was thus that UDITE was formed in Barcelona in November 1991.

Constituted according to the French law of 1901, it is a federation of professional associations which today represents local government in 14 European countries: Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, Spain, The Netherlands and Great Britain. In 2011, Bulgaria signed its adhesion to the UDITE. Slovakia, as an observer, is in the process of adhesion.

With around 15,000 members and working as the umbrella organization across 15 EU countries, UDITE links with its members’ Local Government National Associations to promote relations between Chief Executives and senior managers.


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

UDITE aims to develop exchanges of information and expertise, to enhance the role and functions of local authorities, and to contribute to the European Union.


UDITE and PRIMO signed a partnership for 2013 and 2014. It is clear that cooperation on governance  issues is necessary to supply the European Network of City Managers with practical solutions. Knowledge sharing and dialogue are crucial.

Presidents Eulalio Avila Cano (UDITE) and Jack Kruf (PRIMO) signed the contract in Brussels. They look for forward to a fruitful partnership with in 2014 more focus on public private partnerships.