EIPA Conference

Challenges and opportunities for public administrations in times of recovery

4 March 2021

About the conference

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

More information

09.00 Welcome by EIPAElisa Ferreira, EU Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms.
Keynote: Challenges and opportunities for public administrations in the European recoveryAlexandra 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 plansModerated by Cecilia Wikström, Chair of EIPA’s Board of Governors, former Member of the European Parliament
09.30The impact of better governance on European recoveryKlaus 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

09.50Q&A
10.00A dynamic civil service delivering for tomorrow: what business needs from public administrationsJens Meyer, Adjunct Professor INSEAD

In conversation with

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

10.20Q&A
10.30Digital transformation of public sectorsLuís 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

11.10Q&A
11.20The 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
11.40Q&A and Wrap up – EIPA

Elisa Ferreira

European Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms

Klaus Gretschmann

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

Jens Meyer

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

Ursula Rosenbichler

Österreichisches Bundesministerium für Kunst, Kultur, öffentlichen Dienst und Sport

Elisa Roller

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

Daniele Dotto

Deputy Director, Head of Unit – Governance and Public Administration, DG REFORM, European Commission

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