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Industrial competitiveness

The Path to Growth: Achieving Excellence in Business Friendly Public Administration

The quality of public administration is an important driver of Europe’s competitiveness. The Europe 2020 strategy – the EU's growth strategy for this decade - stresses that competitiveness is the result of the interplay of diverse factors, and within that context it emphasises the importance of an efficient, effective and transparent public administration. Modernising public administration is a key issue to restoring competitiveness in a number of Member States. As such, the Commission is highlighting its importance in the Annual Growth Survey and in recommendations addressed by the European Council to specific Member States.

Aim of conference

The aim of the conference is to identify key difficulties experienced by businesses in dealing with public administrations, to exchange ideas and experiences of how such difficulties can be overcome, and to showcase concrete achievements and best practice in public administrations amongst Member States. It should encourage an exchange of fresh and innovative thinking in reforming public administrations.

The main conclusions from the Conference will assist the Commission and Member States in developing further the policy guidance for modernising public administrations in the framework of the European semester.


The Conference will bring together high-level European and international policy-makers, including President Barroso and Vice-President Tajani, Ministers from various Member States, industry leaders and stakeholders as well as renowned academics and policy advisers to debate the challenges and opportunities facing European public administrations, as well as the necessary policy responses at EU and national level.


Workshop 1: Reducing administrative burdens and improving regulatory quality:

  • Ms Mierta Capaul; World Bank Group - Slides PDF [1 MB]
  • Mr Ladislav Prudky; Ministry of Industry and Trade, Czech Republic - Slides PDF [768 KB]

Workshop 2: Fully exploiting the potential of ICT in building smart and innovative Government

  • Ms Joana Malczewska; Representative of the Minister for development of digital competence in public administration, Poland - Slides PDF [125 KB]
  • Ms Irina Socol; CEO SIVECO in Romania - Slides PDF [783 KB]
  • Mr Margus Mägi; Centre of Registries and Information Systems, Estonia - Slides PDF [1MB]

Workshop 3: Promoting strategic management in Government

  • Dr Marga Pröhl; EIPA, Netherlands - Slides PDF [490 KB]
  • Mr Filippo Cavassini; OECD - Slides PDF [839 KB]
  • Mr Pekka Lindroos; Prime Minister's Office, Finland - Slides PDF [462 KB]


  • Mr Antti Peltomäki - European Commission - Speaking note PDF [296 KB]

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