Some of the provisions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights can be recognized as germs of standards for good administration. The European model of administration that is effective and citizen-friendly, i.e. good, was first broadly discussed in the Council of Europe in 1970s. It was also influenced by some relevant Anglo-Saxon norms. The model and standards of good administration of the European Communities include, apart from special acts of the European Commission and Parliament, relevant norms of 'acquis communautaire' (the founding treaties and other legal acts) and some structures (institutions and bodies). Due to the specific character of the Union's regulations, good administration standards should be applied in all the European Union member states, including Poland (although we can have some doubts whether there are enough knowledge and effectiveness in this sphere). The role of these regulations as well as the link between them and the norms of the Council of Europe let us treat these standards as pan-European.