Fit for recovery and transition - Supporting Quality of Public Administration in the European Union Member States

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Brussels, Belgium
Public administration translates the long-term objectives of making Europe climate-neutral, sustainable, and ready for the next digital decadeinto reforms, investments, programmes, and services. They implement directly and indirectly the unprecedented EU budget of EUR 1.8 trillion to achieve the EU’s objectives.

Five major trends will influence this process: rapid technological change; demographic changes and skills shortages; the complexity of managing inter-related policy issues; the green transition; and the strain on limited public funds. Public administrations cannot afford to fail in this adaptation as they promote collective interests and ensure the overall wellbeing of society. Given the COVID-19 pandemic and other pressing global issues, the current moment presents profound challenges but also unique opportunities for administrations.

In a recent publication the European Commission outlined the wide portfolio of policies, financial, and non-financial instruments it manages with a view to encourage and support the efforts of Member States to improve the quality and capacity of their public administrations. The Commission aims to reinforce these efforts.

The conference will build on previous discussions on how to support administrative improvement, promote mutual learning, and transfer related experience across the EU. It will also bring stronger political attention to systemic issues and explore:

How can the Commission and the Member States better steer the change of public administrations in the EU, and support building more effective, accountable, inclusive and resilient institutions?

How can public administrations learn better from each other, how can use lessons learned from the pandemic and climate-related natural disasters and promote successful practices?
It will identify specific actions that could be undertaken in the short term to improve change processes and their uptake.

The event will bring together high-level public officials and practitioners from the EU institutions and the EU Member States, leading academics, think tanks, and international organisations.

Watch the event web streaming on 25 November – from 09.00 to 12.30:

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Directorate-General for Structural Reform Support, European Commission


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