EIPA Conference | #eipa40years

Challenges and opportunities
for public administrations
in times of recovery

March 4 2021  |  09:00 – 12:00 CET

Live-stream

This EIPA conference will contribute to the discussion around some of the main priorities identified by the European Commission for the reform and recovery of public administrations, namely:

  • Better policymaking and implementation, enhanced transparency, trust and integrity in the public sector with, among others, the following areas of intervention:
    • Strengthening the steering, coordination and planning at the centre of the government to ensure effective public management;
    • Improving structures and processes to ensure the sound design of public policies based on evidence and analysis.
  • An attractive and dynamic civil service delivering for tomorrow;
  • Digital transformation of public sectors and enhanced service delivery for citizens and businesses.
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Objectives

The conference will provide Member States, the European Commission and other relevant stakeholders with an informal platform

  • to support national and regional public administrations identify good practices in the areas mentioned on the left;
  • to identify the current challenges and the opportunities raised by the new Recovery and Resilience Facility.

Target Audience

  • National and regional administrations contributing to the preparation of Recovery and Resilience Plans;
  • National and regional Schools of Public Administration;
  • International organisations.

Topics and speakers

Elisa Ferreira

European Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms

Prof. Elisa Ferreira is the European Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms. Before that, she was Vice Governor of the Bank of Portugal. During her tenure, she was Portugal’s representative on the Supervisory Board of the Single Supervisory Mechanism. Elisa was previously a Member of the European Parliament, coordinating for the Group of Socialists and Democrats in the EP’s Economic and Monetary (ECON) Committee and was rapporteur, co-rapporteur or shadow rapporteur of many key legislative files, including the ‘six-pack’ and ‘two-pack’, the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive (BRRD) and the regulation creating the Single Resolution Mechanism. In Portugal, Elisa was a Member of the Portuguese National Parliament and Portugal’s Minister for Planning following her term as Portugal’s Minister for the Environment. She has also been Executive Vice President of the Porto Industrial Association, Vice President of Portugal’s Northern Region Coordination Commission and member of the Board of Portugal’s Statistics Authority. She has a degree in economics from the University of Porto, and a master’s degree and PhD from the University of Reading in the UK. She is a professor at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Porto (on leave of absence).

Alexandra Leitão

Portuguese Minister for Modernisation of the State and Public Administration

Prof. Alexandra Leitão is the Portuguese Minister for Modernisation of the State and Public Administration, and an assistant professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon. Prior to this, Alexandra was Assistant Secretary of State and Education, and Deputy Director of the Legal Centre of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers (CEJUR) where she previously served as a consultant. Alexandra has also been a member of the Advisory Board of the Attorney General’s Office and was an adviser in the Cabinet of the Secretary of State of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers. She holds a masters and a PhD in law from the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon.

Cecilia Wikström

Chair of EIPA’s Board of Governors

Cecilia Wikström has been Chair of EIPA’s Board of Governors since 1 January 2020. She looks back on a long and successful career as a politician; first as a member of the Swedish Parliament (2002–2009), followed by ten years at the European Parliament (2009– 2019) where she was a member of the group Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE). As an EU Parliamentarian she took on various roles, most recently the Chair of the European Parliament Petitions Committee. Cecilia also has first-hand experience in the field of education, training and change management, having been a Board member of Uppsala University in Sweden for seven years.

Keynotes and Chair


Keynote:
Challenges and opportunities for public administrations in the European Recovery
Elisa Ferreira,
EU Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms

Keynote: Main priorities of the Portuguese Presidency regarding the modernisation of public administrations and the challenges and opportunities under the Recovery and Resilience Plans
Alexandra Leitão, 
Portuguese Minister for Modernisation of the State and Public Administration

Moderated by Cecilia Wikström, Chair of EIPA’s Board of Governors, former Member of the European Parliament

Klaus Gretschmann

Former Director-General at the EU Council of Ministers responsible for Competitiveness, Research, Industrial Policy, Transport and Energy

Prof. Dr Klaus Gretschmann is a former Director-General at the EU Council of Ministers responsible for Competitiveness, Research, Industrial Policy, Transport and Energy. After an international career as a tenured professor of public economics, he served as Director-General for Economics and Finance and the G7/G8 sherpa in the German Prime Minister’s Office. He has authored numerous publications on subject such as EU integration, economic and monetary policy, and innovation. Today he is an independent adviser to EU governments and business leaders, and holds the Commander’s Cross of the French Legion of Honour and the Federal Cross of Merit of Germany.

Andrew Kakabadse

Professor of Governance and Leadership at Henley Business School and Emeritus Professor at Cranfield School of Management

Prof. Andrew Kakabadse is Professor of Governance and Leadership at Henley Business School and Emeritus Professor at Cranfield School of Management. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Ulster (UK), Macquarie University (Australia) and the Centre for Creative Leadership (USA) as well as at other European, USA and Chinese universities. Andrew’s research covers boards, top teams and the governance of governments. He has published over 47 books, 88 book chapters, over 240 articles and 18 monographs. He is an adviser to the UK Parliament and numerous corporations, NGOs and other governments.

The impact of better governance on European recovery

Klaus Gretschmann, former Director-General at the EU Council of Ministers responsible for Competitiveness, Research, Industrial Policy, Transport and Energy, former Director-General for Economics and Finance and G7/G8 sherpa in German Prime Minister’s Office

In conversation with

Andrew Kakabadse, Professor of Governance and Leadership at Henley Business School and Emeritus Professor at Cranfield School of Management

Jens Meyer

Adjunct Professor and adviser concentrating on matters such as Business Intelligence, Blue Ocean Strategy, Fair Process and Change

Prof. Jens Meyer is a teacher and adviser concentrating on matters such as business intelligence, blue-ocean strategy, fair process and change. Following his early experiences in banking and law which familiarised him with the economic dynamics in the marketplace, Jens found a home in management education. The world of business schools allowed him to nurture his curiosity and desire to explore novel horizons. One of the first steps was the co-creation of a research centre dedicated to digital and internet-mediated and enabled learning in 1995 (CALT – Centre for Advanced Learning Technologies). Many ventures followed. Jens has incubated and led a whole series of start-ups, has served as the MD and Dean of CEDEP (a private community of international corporations), has been on the INSEAD faculty list for most of the last 20 years and accepted other board roles across various domains.

Antonella Mei-Pochtler

Special Adviser to the Austrian Federal Chancellor and Head of ThinkAustria

Dr Antonella Mei-Pochtler is Special Adviser to the Austrian Federal Chancellor and Head of ThinkAustria. She has worked in international strategy consulting for 30 years, covering various top management positions. She gained extensive experience especially in the media, technology and digital transformation areas, helping global corporations and public institutions develop and execute innovative strategies. In addition, Dr Mei-Pochtler is also involved in various charitable initiatives in the field of healthcare and education. She also serves on the board of various international public companies. Since March 2018, Dr Mei-Pochtler acts as a special adviser to the Austrian Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, and Head of ThinkAustria, the Federal Chancellor’s strategy and planning unit.

A dynamic civil service delivering for tomorrow: what business needs from public administrations

Jens Meyer, Adjunct Professor INSEAD

In conversation with

Antonella Mei-Pochtler, Special Adviser to the Austrian Federal Chancellor and Head of ThinkAustria

Luís Viegas Cardoso

Senior Expert on digital, technology and innovation at the Advisory Service of the President of the European Commission (I.D.E.A.)

Luís Viegas Cardoso is a Senior Expert on digital, technology and innovation at the Advisory Service of the President of the European Commission (IDEA), contributing with strategic thinking, trends analysis and forward-looking policy advice. Previously, he served as a digital specialist at the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC), the European Commission’s in-house think tank reporting directly to former President Jean-Claude Juncker. He has also been a senior adviser at the European Parliament, focusing on digital and innovation policies. Prior to that, he worked as a consultant in a strategy and innovation firm operating internationally, and served on the management board and senate of the University of Coimbra. Luís holds an International Master of Science in Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership from ESCP Business School. Luís is a visiting fellow at ESCP Business School and the University College of Europe, a member of the Strategic Council for the Digital Economy of the Portuguese Business Association, and a contributor to the OECD’s work on entrepreneurship and digital issues.

Ursula Rosenbichler

Head of Department III/C/9 of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sports

Ursula Rosenbichler is Head of the Department III/C/9 (Strategic Performance Management and Public Sector Innovation) of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Art, Culture, Civil Service and Sport, and is a leading board member of GovLabAustria, Austria’s public sector innovation lab. Her work and teaching assignments focus on innovation and change management in the public sector, performance-oriented management and data management, as well as co-creation and collaboration. Ursula holds a master’s degree in social economics from the University of Graz. Before joining the Austrian Federal Ministry for Art, Culture, Civil Service and Sport, Ursula worked as a management/public sector consultant, participated in EU-funded projects and conducted research in this field.

Elisa Roller

Head of Unit in the RECOVER Task Force in the Secretariat General of the European Commission

Dr Elisa Roller is Head of Unit in the Recovery & Resilience Task Force in the Secretariat General of the European Commission, responsible for the preparation of the recovery and resilience plans in Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Romania and Slovenia, and for public administration and the business environment. Between 2012 and 2020, she was head of a number of different units, including the Common Fisheries Policy, and Structural Policy Development and Economic Analysis in the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries in the European Commission. Between 2008 and 2012, she was Deputy Head of Unit for Conception, Forward Studies and Impact Assessment, as well as for Communication and Relations with Third Countries in the Directorate-General for Regional Policy. Before joining the European Commission in 2003, she was a lecturer in European Politics in the Department of Government, University of Manchester, UK. She received her PhD from the London School of Economics.

Digital transformation of public sectors

Luís Viegas Cardoso, Senior Expert on digital, technology and innovation at the Advisory Service of the President of the European Commission (I.D.E.A.)

In conversation with

Ursula Rosenbichler, Head of Department III/C/9 (Strategic Performance Management and Public Sector Innovation) of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sports, and

Elisa Roller, Head of Unit in the Recovery & Resilience Task Force in the Secretariat General of the European Commission, SG-RECOVER

Daniele Dotto

Acting Director, Head of Unit – Governance and Public Administration at the European Commission, DG REFORM

Daniele Dotto joined the European Commission in 1993 after a short experience in the private sector. He started his EU career in the team, supervising the deployment of the Single Market. In 1996, he moved to the Consumer Policy Department where he dealt with the ‘mad-cow’ crisis. In 2000, he participated in the ‘Kinnock reform’. He eventually became Head of Unit – Coordination at DG HR and a member of the Governance Steering group of the Commission; he then moved to the External and Trade Unions Relations Unit of the same DG. In 2013, he joined the Task Force for Greece – Growth Policy and ESIFs. In 2015, he was appointed Head of Unit in the (now) DG REFORM, Unit Governance and Public Administration, responsible for technical support for reforms in the area of public administration and governance; he is head of the Commission Competence Centre for Public Administration and Governance and acting Director of ‘Support to Member States Reforms’. He is a lecturer at Bocconi University and the Scuola Normale ‘Sant'Anna’, Pisa.

The future of Public Administration and 2021 Work Plan: what is there for Member States?

Daniele Dotto, Acting Director, Head of Unit – Governance and Public Administration at the European Commission, DG REFORM

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Programme and topics

09.00  Welcome by EIPA

Elisa Ferreira, EU Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms.
Keynote: Challenges and opportunities for public administrations in the European recovery

Alexandra Leitão, Portuguese Minister for Modernisation of the State and Public Administration.
Keynote: Main priorities of the Portuguese Presidency regarding the modernisation of public administrations – challenges and opportunities under the recovery and resilience plans

Moderated by Cecilia Wikström, Chair of EIPA’s Board of Governors, former Member of the European Parliament

09.30 The impact of better governance on European recovery

Klaus Gretschmann, former Director-General at the EU Council of Ministers responsible for Competitiveness, Research, Industrial Policy, Transport and Energy, former Director-General responsible for Economics and Finance and the G7/G8 sherpa in the German Prime Minister’s Office.

In conversation with

Andrew Kakabadse, Professor of Governance and Leadership at Henley Business School and Emeritus Professor at Cranfield School of Management

09.50 Q&A
10.00 A dynamic civil service delivering for tomorrow: what business needs from public administrations

Jens Meyer, Adjunct Professor INSEAD

In conversation with

Antonella Mei-Pochtler, Special Adviser to the Austrian Federal Chancellor and Head of ThinkAustria

10.20 Q&A
10.30 Digital transformation of public sectors

Luís Viegas Cardoso, Digital, Technology and Innovation, I.D.E.A. Advisory Service, Presidency of the European Commission

In conversation with

Ursula Rosenbichler, Head of Department III/C/9 (Strategic Performance Management and Public Sector Innovation) of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sports, and

Elisa Roller, Head of Unit in the Recovery and Resilience Task Force of the Secretariat-General, SG-RECOVER

11.10 Q&A
11.20 The future of Public Administration and 2021: Work Plan: what is there for Member States?

Daniele Dotto, Acting Director, Head of Unit – Governance and Public Administration at the European Commission, DG REFORM

11.40 Q&A and Wrap up – EIPA

Chair & Speakers

Cecilia Wikström

Chair of EIPA’s Board of Governors

Cecilia Wikström has been Chair of EIPA’s Board of Governors since 1 January 2020. She looks back on a long and successful career as a politician; first as a member of the Swedish Parliament (2002–2009), followed by ten years at the European Parliament (2009– 2019) where she was a member of the group Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE). As an EU Parliamentarian she took on various roles, most recently the Chair of the European Parliament Petitions Committee. Cecilia also has first-hand experience in the field of education, training and change management, having been a Board member of Uppsala University in Sweden for seven years.

Alexandra Leitão

Portugal’s Minister for Modernization of the State and Public Administration

Prof. Alexandra Leitão is Portugal’s Minister for Modernisation of the State and Public Administration, and an assistant professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon. Prior to this, Alexandra was Assistant Secretary of State and Education, and Deputy Director of the Legal Centre of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers (CEJUR) where she previously served as a consultant. Alexandra has also been a member of the Advisory Board of the Attorney General’s Office and was an adviser in the Cabinet of the Secretary of State of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers. She holds a masters and a PhD in law from the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon.

Klaus Gretschmann

Former Director-General at the EU Council of Ministers responsible for Competitiveness, Research, Industrial Policy, Transport and Energy.

Prof. Dr Klaus Gretschmann is a former Director-General at the EU Council of Ministers responsible for Competitiveness, Research, Industrial Policy, Transport and Energy. After an international career as a tenured professor of public economics, he served as DirectorGeneral for Economics and Finance and the G7/G8 sherpa in the German Prime Minister’s Office. He has authored numerous publications on subject such as EU integration, economic and monetary policy, and innovation. Today he is an independent adviser to EU governments and business leaders, and holds the Commander’s Cross of the French Legion of Honour and the Federal Cross of Merit of Germany.

Andrew Kakabadse

Professor of Governance and Leadership at Henley Business School and Emeritus Professor at Cranfield School of Management

Prof. Andrew Kakabadse is Professor of Governance and Leadership at Henley Business School and Emeritus Professor at Cranfield School of Management. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Ulster (UK), Macquarie University (Australia) and the Centre for Creative Leadership (USA) as well as at other European, USA and Chinese universities. Andrew’s research covers boards, top teams and the governance of governments. He has published over 47 books, 88 book chapters, over 240 articles and 18 monographs. He is an adviser to the UK Parliament and numerous corporations, NGOs and other governments.

Jens Meyer

Teacher and advisor concentrating on matters such as Business Intelligence, Blue Ocean Strategy, Fair Process and Change

Prof. Jens Meyer is a teacher and adviser concentrating on matters such as business intelligence, blue-ocean strategy, fair process and change. Following his early experiences in banking and law which familiarised him with the economic dynamics in the marketplace, Jens found a home in management education. The world of business schools allowed him to nurture his curiosity and desire to explore novel horizons. One of the first steps was the co-creation of a research centre dedicated to digital and internet-mediated and enabled learning in 1995 (CALT – Centre for Advanced Learning Technologies). Many ventures followed. Jens has incubated and led a whole series of start-ups, has served as the MD and Dean of CEDEP (a private community of international corporations), has been on the INSEAD faculty list for most of the last 20 years and accepted other board roles across various domains.

Luís Viegas Cardoso

Senior expert on digital, technology and innovation at the Advisory Service of the President of the European Commission (I.D.E.A.)

Luís Viegas Cardoso is a senior expert on digital, technology and innovation at the Advisory Service of the President of the European Commission (IDEA), contributing with strategic thinking, trends analysis and forward-looking policy advice. Previously, he served as a digital specialist at the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC), the European Commission’s in-house think tank reporting directly to former President Jean-Claude Juncker. He has also been a senior adviser at the European Parliament, focusing on digital and innovation policies. Prior to that, he worked as a consultant in a strategy and innovation firm operating internationally, and served on the management board and senate of the University of Coimbra. Luís holds an International Master of Science in Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership from ESCP Business School. Luís is a visiting fellow at ESCP Business School and the University College of Europe, a member of the Strategic Council for the Digital Economy of the Portuguese Business Association, and a contributor to the OECD’s work on entrepreneurship and digital issues.

Ursula Rosenbichler

Professor of Governance and Leadership at Henley Business School and Emeritus Professor at Cranfield School of Management

Ursula Rosenbichler is Head of the Department III/C/9 (Strategic Performance Management and Public Sector Innovation) of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Art, Culture, Civil Service and Sport, and is a leading board member of GovLabAustria, Austria’s public sector innovation lab. Her work and teaching assignments focus on innovation and change management in the public sector, performance-oriented management and data management, as well as co-creation and collaboration. Ursula holds a master’s degree in social economics from the University of Graz. Before joining the Austrian Federal Ministry for Art, Culture, Civil Service and Sport, Ursula worked as a management/public sector consultant, participated in EU-funded projects and conducted research in this field.

Elisa Roller

Head of Unit in the RECOVER Task Force in the Secretariat General of the European Commission

Dr Elisa Roller is Head of Unit in the Recovery & Resilience Task Force in the Secretariat General of the European Commission, responsible for the preparation of the recovery and resilience plans in Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Romania and Slovenia, and for public administration and the business environment. Between 2012 and 2020, she was head of a number of different units, including the Common Fisheries Policy, and Structural Policy Development and Economic Analysis in the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries in the European Commission. Between 2008 and 2012, she was Deputy Head of Unit for Conception, Forward Studies and Impact Assessment, as well as for Communication and Relations with Third Countries in the Directorate-General for Regional Policy. Before joining the European Commission in 2003, she was a lecturer in European Politics in the Department of Government, University of Manchester, UK. She received her PhD from the London School of Economics.

Daniele Dotto

Head of Unit – Governance and Public Administration at the European Commission

Daniele Dotto joined the European Commission in 1993 after a short experience in the private sector. He started his EU career in the team, supervising the deployment of the Single Market. In 1996, he moved to the Consumer Policy Department where he dealt with the ‘mad-cow’ crisis. In 2000, he participated in the ‘Kinnock reform’. He eventually became Head of Unit – Coordination at DG HR and a member of the Governance Steering group of the Commission; he then moved to the External and Trade Unions Relations Unit of the same DG. In 2013, he joined the Task Force for Greece – Growth Policy and ESIFs. In 2015, he was appointed Head of Unit in the (now) DG REFORM, Unit Governance and Public Administration, responsible for technical support for reforms in the area of public administration and governance; he is head of the Commission Competence Centre for Public Administration and Governance and acting Director of ‘Support to Member States Reforms’. He is a lecturer at Bocconi University and the Scuola Normale ‘Sant'Anna’, Pisa.

Elisa Ferreira

European Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms

Prof. Elisa Ferreira is the European Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms. Before that, she was Vice Governor of the Bank of Portugal. During her tenure, she was Portugal’s representative on the Supervisory Board of the Single Supervisory Mechanism. Elisa was previously a Member of the European Parliament, coordinating for the Group of Socialists and Democrats in the EP’s Economic and Monetary (ECON) Committee and was rapporteur, co-rapporteur or shadow rapporteur of many key legislative files, including the ‘six-pack’ and ‘two-pack’, the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive (BRRD) and the regulation creating
the Single Resolution Mechanism. In Portugal, Elisa was a Member of the Portuguese National Parliament and Portugal’s Minister for Planning following her term as Portugal’s Minister for the Environment. She has also been Executive Vice President of the Porto Industrial Association, Vice President of Portugal’s Northern Region Coordination Commission and member of the Board of Portugal’s Statistics Authority. She has a degree in economics from the University of Porto, and a master’s degree and PhD from the University of Reading in the UK. She is a professor at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Porto (on leave of absence).

Antonella Mei-Pochtler

Special Advisor to the Austrian Federal Chancellor and Head of ThinkAustria

Dr Antonella Mei-Pochtler is Special Adviser to the Austrian Federal Chancellor and Head of ThinkAustria. She has worked in international strategy consulting for 30 years, covering various top management positions. She gained extensive experience especially in the media, technology and digital transformation areas, helping global corporations and public institutions develop and execute innovative strategies. In addition, Antonella is also involved in various charitable initiatives in the field of healthcare and education. She also serves on the board of various international public companies. Since March 2018, Dr MeiPochtler acts as a special adviser to the Austrian Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, and Head of ThinkAustria, the Federal Chancellor’s strategy and planning unit.

Target Audience

  • National and regional administrations contributing to the preparation of Recovery and Resilience Plans;
  • National and regional Schools of Public Administration;
  • International organisations.

Background information

The new Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) will provide large-scale financial support to reforms and investments undertaken by Member States. It will help Member States to address the challenges identified in the European Semester, in areas such as competitiveness, productivity, environmental sustainability, education and skills, health, employment, and economic, social and territorial cohesion. It will also ensure an adequate focus of these investments and reforms based on the green and digital transitions.

One of the focused areas for the recovery and resilience intervention is the reform of public administrations, a key factor for economic performance and wellbeing of citizens. An effective, agile and efficient administration is a prerequisite for a country’s sound management and a key driver of growth.

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