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The Path to Growth: For a Business Friendly Public Administration

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Datum: 29/10 > 29/10/2013
Plats: Charlemagne building (GASP Room)
Rue de la Loi 170 - 1000 Brussels - (Belgium)
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Entrepreneurs and policy makers will equally benefit from a conference aimed at improving public administration to better serve businesses. The conference is hosted by European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, Vice President Antonio Tajani and Vice President Maroš Šefčovič.

A well-functioning public sector is essential for the wellbeing of industry and enterprises. Smart administration offers better, more targeted and faster delivery of services to businesses and citizens. Companies can particularly benefit from reduction of time and costs, faster responses and better support of public administration. And all this is particularly important in the context of recovering from the on-going economic crisis.

To help public administrations across Europe become more effective in supporting industry and enterprises, Vice President Tajani, President Barroso, and Vice President Šefčovič will be hosting a high-level conference in Brussels on October 29th. The goal of the conference, The Path to Growth: For a Business Friendly Public Administration, will be to identify key difficulties experienced by industry in dealing with public administrations and to exchange ideas and experiences of how such difficulties can be overcome.

The Conference will bring together key players, namely ministers, policy makers, industry leaders and policy advisers to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing European public administration. It will provide a forum in which to exchange fresh and innovative thinking and good practices on how to make public administrations more business-friendly.

This initiative is part of the EU's growth strategy, EUROPE 2020, which stresses that, amongst other things, an efficient, effective and transparent public administration is one of the key factors in driving competitiveness in today's economy. To achieve this, important reforms enabling more strategic, effective and forward looking public administrations across the EU are needed.

The program
The conference will consist of two panel discussions in the morning and useful workshops in the afternoon. The morning sessions will discuss EU Member States' efforts at strengthening governance and institutions as well as expectations of enterprises from modern public administrations. In the afternoon, there will be three parallel workshops presenting good practices and identifying solutions on three main topics, namely reducing administrative burdens and improving regulatory quality; exploiting the potential of information and communication technologies in building smart and innovative government; and promoting strategic management in government.

(interpretation will be available in DE, EN, ES, FR, IT and PL)

If you are interested, you can follow the web-stream of the Conference live.

=>  Workshop 2: Fully exploiting the potential of ICT in building smart and innovative Government 
=>  Workshop 3: Promoting strategic management in Government 


More information on relevant European Commission initiatives:

REFIT - Fit for growth" – Commission takes ambitious next steps to make EU law lighter

Commission wants to simplify life for SMEs by easing the top 10 most burdensome EU laws

EU Justice Scoreboard: European Commission broadens the scope of its analysis of Member States' justice systems

Implementation of the Small Business Act for Europe

Excellence in Public Administration for competitiveness in EU Member States


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