In many Member States, inefficient public administration remains one of the main obstacles to industrial competitiveness and economic growth.
In many Member States, inefficient public administration remains one of the main obstacles to industrial competitiveness and economic growth. The Commission has made public administration reform one of its top five economic priorities for the last two years, as set out in the Annual Growth Survey.
To focus more closely on the issue, the Commission hosted on 29 Ocrober 2013 a high-level conference in Brussels to spur a debate on how public administrations across Europe can become more efficient and transparent. At the conference, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and Vice Presidents Antonio Tajani and Maroš Šefčovič discussed with industry leaders, ministers, policy makers and advisers about how to make administrations across Europe more business-friendly.
The conference allowed them to exchange ideas and experiences about how such difficulties can be overcome. During the conference, Vice President Tajani also launched an award for best public procurement of innovative goods and services, the first award of this kind at the European level.
Where is the problem?
In order to prosper, businesses need an efficient, cost-effective and high-quality public service. They need decisions taken without undue delay, as well as certainty and stability of laws and length of procedures. In terms of overall government effectiveness, the latest Member States Competitiveness Report shows that while some member states have maintained or improved their position relative to 2010, ten countries' ranking fell (Austria, Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia). Four Member States – Greece, Italy, Bulgaria and Romania – are performing very poorly.