EPSA Award

European Public Service Award Ceremony 2021

29 November 2021
9.00 - 18.30 CET
Live-stream

European Public Sector Award Ceremony 2021

Encouraging, showcasing, promoting, disseminating and exchanging best practices is a powerful tool for strengthening public administrations’ relevance and efficiency. Under the overarching theme “Building a Better Europe for Citizens” EPSA 2021 aims to showcase and reward cases submitted by public administrations which have found new solutions in public service delivery and policy-making for the increasingly complex, difficult to address and often multi-dimensional challenges faced by the public sector in Europe.

129 applications have been submitted to us this year. 18 applications made to the pre-selection. Three best projects in three categories (Innovation, Green and Digital) will be announced during the upcoming ceremony.

EPSA – the European Public Sector Awards – is a Europe-wide award scheme for public sector entities at all levels of government which has been organised every two years since 2009 by the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA).

More than 1500 projects have been submitted to EPSA, EU institutions and agencies and international organisations on the course of the past years. For all European public administrations, EPSA has generated highly valuable know-how and vital results that can be used for the benefit of providing innovative solutions and learning opportunities

Topics and speakers

Welcome and Opening

Welcome by: Governor of the Province of Limburg (tbc)
Marco Ongaro, Director-General, EIPA

Opening: Alexander Stubb, Director, School of Transnational Governance, European University Institute, Florence

Keynote speech

Elisa Ferreira, Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, European Commission

The importance of EPSA from national perspectives

Members of the EPSA Steering Committee:

Danielle Bossaert, Advisor, Ministry of Civil Service, Luxembourg

Frans van Dongen, Programme Manager, Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, Directorate of Public Sector Labour Affairs, the Netherlands

Velia Ficchi, Office of the Prime Minister, Department for Public Administration International Relations, Italy

Michael Kallinger, Head of Unit for Public Service Innovation in the Austrian Ministry for Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sport, Austrian Delegate to the OECD-Public Governance Committee and EUPAN-European Public Administration Network, Austria        

Eva Kovacs, Senior Lecturer and Researcher of Public Services, Faculty of Science of Pubic Governance and Administration, National University of Public Service, Hungary

Alexandra Papatheodorou, Policy Officer, DG REFORM, European Commission

EPSA 2021: Challenges and opportunities in public administration

Paul ‘t Hart, Professor of Public Administration Utrecht School of Governance, Utrecht University, Netherlands School of Public Administration, The Hague

More information

Monday 29 November 2021
Venue: Provincial Government House
Limburglaan 10, 6229 GA Randwyck-Maastricht, The Netherlands

09.30 Welcome and openingIntroduction by Christoph Klika, EPSA 2021 Project Leader, EIPA Maastricht

Marco Ongaro, Director-General, EIPA

09.50 Keynote speech
Elisa Ferreira, Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, European Commission
10.00 The importance of EPSA from national perspectivesMembers of the EPSA Steering Committee:

Danielle Bossaert, Advisor, Ministry of Civil Service, Luxembourg

Frans van Dongen, Programme Manager, Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, Directorate of Public Sector Labour Affairs, the Netherlands

Velia Ficchi, Office of the Prime Minister, Department for Public Administration International Relations, Italy

Michael Kallinger, Head of Unit for Public Service Innovation in the Austrian Ministry for Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sport, Austrian Delegate to the OECD-Public Governance Committee and EUPAN-European Public Administration Network, Austria

Eva Kovacs, Senior Lecturer and Researcher of Public Services, Faculty of Science of Pubic Governance and Administration, National University of Public Service, Hungary

Alexandra Papatheodorou, Policy Officer, DG REFORM, European Commission

10.45 Coffee break
11.00 EPSA 2021: Challenges and opportunities in public administrationPaul ‘t Hart, Professor of Public Administration Utrecht School of Governance, Utrecht University, Netherlands School of Public Administration, The Hague
11.15 EPSA 2021 Celebratory Award Ceremony
12.15 Concluding Remarks
13.00 End of the event

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