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The gender gap in the 27 EU Member States and policy measures for reducing it

Event date: 19 May 2021 13:00 CET
Location: Webex

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The gender gap in the 27 EU Member States and policy measures for reducing it

Event date: 19 May 2021 13:00 CET
Location: Webex

What will the round-table cover?

  • International and European law on gender discrimination.
  • Facts and figures regarding the gender gap in the EU 27.
  • Policy measures and funds to reduce an existing gap (EU Cohesion Policy, Recovery and Resilience Facility, JTS etc.).
  • Gender gap in audit of EU funded programmes and projects.
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Background information

Non-discrimination, gender equality and equal opportunities are fundamental values in the EU. This core objective is present in all EU policies; however, the gender gap still exists.

The European Commission has recently stepped-up efforts towards reaching full gender equality in its new Gender Equality Strategy (2020-2025), which sets clear commitments and objectives relevant to the EU’s public sector and administration. The recent COVID-19 pandemic has exposed weaknesses in the distribution of opportunities and power between men and women in Europe.

This EIPA in conversation with offers not only an opportunity to reflect on the obligations that different stakeholders have towards women’s inclusion in the public sector and the benefits of it for diversity, good governance, and innovation in Europe, but also on existing measures in EU policies and funds to achieve this objective.

Our speakers will give punctual and critical views of different challenges and some recommendations on how to tackle them.

Speaker

EIPA moderators

Radoslav Nedyalkov

Chief Auditor at the Bulgarian Audit Authority

Radoslav Nedyalkov is Chief Auditor at the Bulgarian Audit Authority (Audit of European Union Funds Executive Agency) with 17 years of experience in the field of audit of EU programmes and evaluation, monitoring, and control of projects financed by EU and other donors. Radoslav is also an Expert for the Technical Assistance and Information Exchange Instrument of the European Commission (TAIEX) and regularly speaks at workshops organised by EIPA and other institutions.
Iwona Karwot

Iwona Karwot

EU Structural and Cohesion Funds

Dr Iwona Karwot (PL) is a Senior Lecturer at EIPA, specialising in structural and Cohesion Funds programming, implementation and audit. She develops and runs seminars on CBA and Audit in close cooperation with European Court of Auditors and EU Commission.

Before joining EIPA in 2008, she gained extensive practical knowledge in her field. Since 1999, she has been involved in the preparation process for Structural Funds and the Cohesion Fund in Poland at central and regional level, as well as in its implementation in the post-accession period as a manager and trainer within the framework of five institutional building projects (Special Preparatory Programme – Phare SPP I and II, three regional twinnings). She has also worked in Poland and abroad as a national and EU expert on EU regional policy, including two years’ work for the GFA Consulting Group GmbH in Hamburg (DE). At the GFA she planned and led short-term missions and workshops for the Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia departments on regional development and strategic planning (Moldova, Serbia, Croatia, etc.).

Iwona has MA in Political Science and European Institutions and a PhD in Regional Policy and International Relations. She also worked as an Associate Senior Lecturer of Postgraduate Studies in European Union Funds at the Faculty of Law and Administration in the University of Łódź and the Catholic University of Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński, in Warsaw (PL), as a Cooperating Lecturer for the Academy of Human and Economic Science in Zamość (PL) and The Strasburg Center for European Studies.

Clara Cotroneo

Clara Cotroneo

EU Internal and External Security / EU Public Sector Management

EU Internal and External Security (including human trafficking and cybersecurity); EU Diplomacy; Digitalization; EU Public Sector Innovation and Performance

Clara Cotroneo (IT) joined EIPA Maastricht in 2019. She is a lecturer at EIPA Maastricht and at the European Centre for Judges and Lawyers – EIPA’s Centre in Luxembourg. In addition, Clara also coordinates the European Public Sector Award (EPSA). She has extensive experience in developing training activities in face-to-face, online and blended learning formats. Her teaching, research and consulting areas of expertise cover topics related to the area of Freedom, Security and Justice, including security, digitalization – and the intersection between the two, cross-border crime (including human trafficking and cybersecurity), judicial and police cooperation, migration and fundamental rights.

Before joining EIPA, Clara was Director of Programs at Vesalius College of Global Affairs (Free University of Brussels), had previously taught at the University of Bangor (Wales) and was a volunteer at the UN International Labour Organization (ILO). She is a certified cybersecurity analyst and is currently a PhD Researcher at Leiden University’s Institute of Security and Global Affairs. She also holds an Mphil in Psychology, a MA in Linguistics and a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education. Clara is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in the UK.

Clara Cotroneo

Clara Cotroneo

EU Internal and External Security / EU Public Sector Management

EU Internal and External Security (including human trafficking and cybersecurity); EU Diplomacy; Digitalization; EU Public Sector Innovation and Performance

Clara Cotroneo (IT) joined EIPA Maastricht in 2019. She is a lecturer at EIPA Maastricht and at the European Centre for Judges and Lawyers – EIPA’s Centre in Luxembourg. In addition, Clara also coordinates the European Public Sector Award (EPSA). She has extensive experience in developing training activities in face-to-face, online and blended learning formats. Her teaching, research and consulting areas of expertise cover topics related to the area of Freedom, Security and Justice, including security, digitalization – and the intersection between the two, cross-border crime (including human trafficking and cybersecurity), judicial and police cooperation, migration and fundamental rights.

Before joining EIPA, Clara was Director of Programs at Vesalius College of Global Affairs (Free University of Brussels), had previously taught at the University of Bangor (Wales) and was a volunteer at the UN International Labour Organization (ILO). She is a certified cybersecurity analyst and is currently a PhD Researcher at Leiden University’s Institute of Security and Global Affairs. She also holds an Mphil in Psychology, a MA in Linguistics and a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education. Clara is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in the UK.

Iwona Karwot

Iwona Karwot

EU Structural and Cohesion Funds

Dr Iwona Karwot (PL) is a Senior Lecturer at EIPA, specialising in structural and Cohesion Funds programming, implementation and audit. She develops and runs seminars on CBA and Audit in close cooperation with European Court of Auditors and EU Commission.

Before joining EIPA in 2008, she gained extensive practical knowledge in her field. Since 1999, she has been involved in the preparation process for Structural Funds and the Cohesion Fund in Poland at central and regional level, as well as in its implementation in the post-accession period as a manager and trainer within the framework of five institutional building projects (Special Preparatory Programme – Phare SPP I and II, three regional twinnings). She has also worked in Poland and abroad as a national and EU expert on EU regional policy, including two years’ work for the GFA Consulting Group GmbH in Hamburg (DE). At the GFA she planned and led short-term missions and workshops for the Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia departments on regional development and strategic planning (Moldova, Serbia, Croatia, etc.).

Iwona has MA in Political Science and European Institutions and a PhD in Regional Policy and International Relations. She also worked as an Associate Senior Lecturer of Postgraduate Studies in European Union Funds at the Faculty of Law and Administration in the University of Łódź and the Catholic University of Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński, in Warsaw (PL), as a Cooperating Lecturer for the Academy of Human and Economic Science in Zamość (PL) and The Strasburg Center for European Studies.

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Past events

CAF as a tool to promote resilient public administrations in the post-pandemic era

Event date: 6 May 2021 13:00 CET
Location: Webex

What will the round-table cover?

  • The past, present, and future of the EU CAF Resource Centre hosted by EIPA.
  • The role of the Presidencies in the design and implementation of the CAF tool.
  • The importance of research and analysis of best practices, lessons learned and methods of implementation.
  • The strategy for improvement of the CAF tool and its implementation.

Background information

The European CAF Resource centre has supported the development of the CAF network and CAF users’ practices for 20 years. It assists the different Presidencies of the EU in their works for the promotion and analysis of CAF. Proven improvements in the pubic administrations reinforce the ambition of the EU CAF Resource centre to spread the word and to follow up the results of the self-assessment exercises, helping the public sector plan and integrate the strategy of continuous appraisal into the DNA of the organisations. The pandemic brings up new challenges to our CAF Resource centre, and the interviewees will help us design our path for the future.

Speakers

EIPA moderators

Nick Thijs

Senior Policy Adviser at the OECD/SIGMA

Nick Thijs is a Senior Policy Adviser on public administration reform and service delivery at the OECD / SIGMA. He has 20 years of experience as an expert on public administration (reform), capacity building and organisational development as an academic, civil servant, consultant, and trainer.

He started his professional career at the Public Governance Institute (K.U.Leuven - Belgium), where he was responsible for research and training projects related to quality management, organisational development and service delivery in the public sector. For three years, he coordinated –on behalf of the Belgian Ministry of Public Administration and the National School of Public Administration- the Public Management Programme, an in-depth training programme for high-potential civil servants. From 2007 onwards, he worked as a senior lecturer at the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA – Maastricht, The Netherlands) as a member of the European CAF Resource Centre. For over ten years, he represented EIPA in the EUPAN and other international professional networks. Since 2016 he supported the European Commission as project leader for the EUPACK (European Public Administration Country Knowledge) project, a large-scale comparative public administration project covering all EU countries related to public administration characteristics and reforms.

Nick holds a MA degree in Political Science and Public Administration (K.U.Leuven – Belgium) and is fluent in English, Dutch and French.

Barbara Zupanc

Head of Quality Unit at the Slovenian Ministry of Public Administration

Barbara Zupanc, a political scientist by education, is well acquainted with the functioning of the public sector in Slovenia. Over the past 30 years, she has held various positions in different public sector organizations, from the local communities to the public institution and several ministries. She was able to follow its development and transition from the classical socialist public administration of the former Yugoslavia to its transformation into a modern, digitalized and customer-oriented public administration of one of the EU member states. Since 2017, she has been employed at the Ministry of Public Administration and is in charge of introducing quality management systems in public sector organizations in Slovenia. Introducing and implementing CAF is one of the projects she manages.

Gracia Vara Arribas

Regions and cities in the EU, Impact Assessment and Evaluation, Strategic Public Procurement

Gracia Vara Arribas (ES) is a lawyer, working as an expert project leader and consultant at the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA). Her fields of specialisation cover multilevel governance, better regulation (subsidiarity and EU added value) and the evaluation of public policies and projects, with a special focus on strategic public procurement law and practice. She works as a consultant for the European institutions (Commission, Committee of the Regions, the European Parliament, the European Court of Auditors) and regional and local governments.

Under her leadership, several impact assessments and evaluation studies have been carried out on EU laws at a regional level as commissioned by the EU Presidencies (UK 2006 and SE 2009) and for different Member States (SE, UK, FR, NL, DE) and NO. In 2009, she was commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations to evaluate the impact of the Lisbon Treaty on the Dutch Provinces and Municipalities. In 2013, the European Committee of the Regions contracted her to draft a report on the role of regional parliaments in the process of subsidiarity analysis, and in 2016 the European Parliament asked her to write the report on ‘The Cost of Non-Europe in the Sharing Economy’. In 2017, she helped the Barcelona City Council to produce the guide to Public Procurement for Innovation and also supported the launch of the Innovation Lab in the city. Drawing on her years of work at EIPA and real-life cases of consultancy projects, she has subsequently produced several publications in these fields and delivered training courses for the European institutions and central and city governments.

Cristina Evaristo

Senior Official at the Portuguese CAF Resource Centre

Cristina Evaristo is a Senior Official at the Portuguese CAF Resource Centre located at the Portuguese Directorate General for Administration and Public Employment. Cristina has been a CAF National Correspondent since 2004 and has profound experience on the promotion, implementation, and training on the CAF model.

Cristina Evaristo holds a Master's degree in Management and Public Administration from the University of Aveiro in Portugal.

Fabrizio Rossi

Fabrizio Rossi

CAF Desk Officer

Fabrizio has joined EIPA in October 2017, he is responsible for the daily activities of the Common Assessment Framework, as well as seminars and training courses organized by the institute. He has also been involved in organizing meetings with EU member states representatives, and in coordinating developments and revisions of the new version of CAF – the CAF 2020. As well as CAF, Fabrizio is involved in the coordination of the Data Protection seminars and certification courses that take place several times a year at EIPA’s headquarters in Maastricht. Furthermore, he has been a speaker in various events in Italy on the CV-Europass and the European Personnel Selection Office.

Fabrizio holds a diploma in Social Sciences, a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from Oxford Brookes University and has also studied as a postgraduate student at the University of Maastricht.

Deployment of Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence

Event date: 29 April 2021 15:30 CET
Location: Webex

What will the round-table cover?

  • Introduction of the Panel Topic and Tour de Table.
  • Challenges related to the risk-based approach to ensure that the regulatory intervention is proportionate.
  • Measurements and correction of biases during the training and operation of AI technologies.
  • Incompatibility between human rights and specific uses of the AI technology
  • Recommendations to mitigate risks related to the impact of artificial intelligence uptake on fundamental rights and diversity.

Background information

The development and deployment of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies is already a reality, impacting both the public and private sectors. While AI technologies’ potential benefits can be massive for growth and development, ‘there is no such thing as a technological silver bullet’. With the creation and use of robotics and AI come risks related to their reliability and impact on fundamental rights and diversity.

One of the overarching aims of the European approach is to develop trusted AI technologies based on truly European ethical and societal values.

In anticipation of the AI framework to be issued by the European Commission this month, this panel will focus on horizontal domains of interest, namely data protection, fundamental rights, and diversity.

How do we address questions of discrimination, diversity, and human-centredness?

How can we ensure that personal data are collected and used with positive benefits by AI technologies?

We selected speakers at the forefront of data protection and human rights, with experience not only in policy but also enforcement, as well as from the private sector, to discuss these issues from the different stakeholders’/actors’ perspective.

Speakers

EIPA moderators

Gabriela Zanfir-Fortuna

Senior Counsel for Global Privacy at the Future of Privacy Forum

Gabriela Zanfir-Fortuna is Senior Counsel for Global Privacy at the Future of Privacy Forum, a think-tank based in Washington DC. She is leading the work of FPF on understanding and furthering debate related to global developments in privacy and data protection law, with an impact on the rights of individuals and different technologies and digital services.

Previously she worked for the European Data Protection Supervisor in Brussels as a legal and policy officer, advising on the legislative process of the GDPR, the EU-US Privacy Shield and the EU-US Umbrella Agreement. She holds a PhD in Law with a thesis on the rights of the data subject in EU data protection law and an LLM in Human Rights.

Xabier Lareo

Technology and Security Officer at the EDPS

Xabier is a Technology and Security Officer at the Technology & Privacy unit of the EDPS (European Data Protection Supervisor) since 2017 and a member of the internal AI Task Force. He provides advice on technology developments impacting privacy and data protection, contributes to policy papers, and takes part in EDPS supervision activities. Xabier focuses on biometric data processing, artificial intelligence, anonymisation and online tracking and profiling. He graduated as a Computer Engineer and started his professional career in software development. From 2007 to 2017, he worked as Data Inspector at the Spanish Data Protection Authority.
Clara Cotroneo

Clara Cotroneo

EU Internal and External Security / EU Public Sector Management

EU Internal and External Security (including human trafficking and cybersecurity); EU Diplomacy; Digitalization; EU Public Sector Innovation and Performance

Clara Cotroneo (IT) joined EIPA Maastricht in 2019. She is a lecturer at EIPA Maastricht and at the European Centre for Judges and Lawyers – EIPA’s Centre in Luxembourg. In addition, Clara also coordinates the European Public Sector Award (EPSA). She has extensive experience in developing training activities in face-to-face, online and blended learning formats. Her teaching, research and consulting areas of expertise cover topics related to the area of Freedom, Security and Justice, including security, digitalization – and the intersection between the two, cross-border crime (including human trafficking and cybersecurity), judicial and police cooperation, migration and fundamental rights.

Before joining EIPA, Clara was Director of Programs at Vesalius College of Global Affairs (Free University of Brussels), had previously taught at the University of Bangor (Wales) and was a volunteer at the UN International Labour Organization (ILO). She is a certified cybersecurity analyst and is currently a PhD Researcher at Leiden University’s Institute of Security and Global Affairs. She also holds an Mphil in Psychology, a MA in Linguistics and a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education. Clara is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in the UK.

Elin Oerg Martenzon

CEO of Tengai Unbiased

Elin Oerg Martenzon is CEO of Tengai Unbiased, a Stockholm based HR-Tech startup that developed AI-powered interview automation software for recruitment. Elin is an active keynote speaker; recent speaking engagements include Recruitment Tech in Amsterdam, Unleash in Paris, SIME in Stockholm, TaTech North America, and TaTech Lisbon, to mention a few.

David Reichel

Project Manager, Research and Data Unit at the FRA

David Reichel is a Project Manager of Social Research at the Research and Data Unit at the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). His areas of expertise include statistical data analysis, data quality and statistical data visualisation. He has extensive experience in working with data and statistics in an international context. Prior to joining FRA in 2014, he worked for the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) research department and as a lecturer at the Institute for Sociology and the Institute for International Development at the University of Vienna. He holds a PhD in Sociology. He has published numerous articles, working papers and book chapters on issues related to migration and integration, migration statistics, citizenship and irregular migration.
Florina Pop

Florina Pop

Data Protection

Data Protection and Privacy Law; International Contract Law; Corporate Law; Intellectual Property Law

Florina Pop (RO) joined EIPA Maastricht in 2021 as a Data Protection Expert. Florina, originally a lawyer, specialises in data protection: implementation of privacy policies and GDPR measures, as well as conducting training on the topic. She also has extensive experience in providing legal support and consulting for international commercial and technology matters. A keen interest in Corporate Social Responsibility and Humanitarian Aid is present in Florina’s work.

Before joining EIPA, Florina was a Legal Officer at the European Commission for DG ECHO (European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations), and a European Legal Teamleader and Data Protection Adviser at Advantech.

Florina holds a Master’s degree in European Law from the Radboud University of Nijmegen in addition to a Master’s degree in Business Law from the University of Bucharest.