#eipa40years|EIPA Conference

Making European Policies Work – Next Generation EIPA

28 October 2021
10:00 - 17:00 CET
Live-stream

About the conference

This year EIPA is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Much has changed compared to EIPA’s early days, yet the challenge of helping implementation of European policies by administrations at all levels of governance remains at the heart of EIPA’s mission.

The past decade, with the euro crisis, the migration crisis, and now the pandemic, has shown what it means to be part of a multilevel system. In close cooperation with national and European administrations, our anniversary event “Making European Policies Work – Next Generation EIPA” will address the need for improvements in the EU’s multilevel administrative system to ensure ownership for objectives and reforms for the years to come.

How to design our multi-level administrative arrangements? How to improve mutual learning and transnational cooperation? What role should political leadership and citizen engagement play in this process?

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We will look at the new challenges for EU policy implementation from three perspectives:

  • the design of multi-level administrative arrangements;
  • the contribution of mutual learning and transnational cooperation; and
  • the role of political leadership and citizen engagement.

The conference will conclude with an address by Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President of the European Commission.

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

Making European Policies Work: Putting Priorities Into Practice

Edward Best, Director, Scientific and Editorial Committee, EIPA

In conversation with

Ellen Vos, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Maastricht

Herwig Hofmann, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Luxembourg

Phedon Nicolaïdes, Professor, Maastricht University and Visiting Professor College of Europe (Bruges Campus)

How Can We Help Make It Work? Learning And Capacity-Building

Sabina Lange, Senior Lecturer, EIPA

In conversation with

Elsa Pilichowski, Director for Public Governance, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

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

Edoardo Ongaro, Professor, former President, European Group for Public Administration

The Practice And Politics Of Making Policies Work

Cecilia Wikström, Chair, EIPA Board of Governors

In conversation with

Barbara Pompili, Minister for the Ecological Transition, France (tbc)

Paul Magnette, Mayor of Charleroi

Vivianne Heijnen, Alderman of Economy, (EU) regional cooperation, Living and Social Innovation and Citizen Participation, Municipality of Maastricht

Anthony Zacharzewski, President, Democratic Society, Brussels

Public administration and policy implementation: making the EU work

Reflections from the panel sessions, Edward Best

EIPA and EU integration
Jacques Pelkmans, Senior Fellow at CEPS, Brussels; visiting professor College of Europe; Professor of Economics at EIPA (1982-1989)

Looking to the future
Mario Nava, Director-General, DG Structural Reform Support (REFORM), European Commission

Concluding words
Cecilia Wikström, Chair, EIPA Board of Governors, former MEP and former Member of the Swedish Parliament

More information

10.00 Welcome and Opening Remarks

Marco Ongaro, Director-General, EIPA

10.10 Opening speech

Alexander Stubb, Director, School of Transnational Governance, European University Institute, Florence (online)

10.40 Making European Policies Work: Putting Priorities Into Practice

Implementation of EU policies goes beyond traditional law enforcement. It requires other approaches to compliance and performance, often in multilevel arrangements and transnational networks, with a growing role for EU agencies. How can comparison between sectors help identify ways to improve effectiveness? How can enforcement be supported by new approaches based on cross-border cooperation, as well as a sharpening of procedural remedies?

Herwig Hofmann, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Luxembourg

Ellen Vos, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Maastricht

Phedon Nicolaïdes, Professor, Maastricht University and Visiting Professor College of Europe (Bruges Campus)

Moderator: Edward Best, Director, Scientific and Editorial Committee, EIPA

11.45 Break
12.00 How Can We Help Make It Work? Learning And Capacity-Building

How can peer review and peer learning contribute to the quality of public administration? How can capacity-building tools and peer-based guidance help improve effective implementation of EU policies? How far can applicable lessons be drawn from comparative analysis and exchanges of practice?

Edoardo Ongaro, Professor; former President, European Group for Public Administration

Elsa Pilichowski, Director for Public Governance, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

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

Moderator: Sabina Lange, Senior Lecturer, EIPA

13.00 Lunch
14.30 The Practice And Politics Of Making Policies Work

How can we improve the EU’s multilevel administrative system in order to ensure ownership for objectives and reforms? How can authorities at the different levels of governance work together to achieve better results in climate action and other key goals? How can citizen engagement increase the effectiveness of EU policies?

Anthony Zacharzewski, President, Democratic Society, Brussels

Vivianne Heijnen, Alderman of Economy, (EU) regional cooperation, Living a            Social Innovation and Citizen Participation, Municipality of Maastricht

Paul Magnette, Mayor of Charleroi, former Federal Minister for Climate and Energy

Alfonso Dastis, Ambassador of Spain to the Republic of Italy; former Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Permanent Representative to the EU and Secretary-General for EU Affairs

Moderator: Cecilia Wikström, Chair, EIPA Board of Governors, former MEP and former Member of the Swedish Parliament

16.00 Break
16.15 Reflections from the panel sessions, Edward Best
16:25 EIPA and EU integration

Jacques Pelkmans, Senior Fellow at CEPS, Brussels; visiting professor College of Europe; Professor of Economics at EIPA (1982-1989)

16.40 Looking to the futureMario Nava, Director-General, DG Structural Reform Support (REFORM), European Commission (online
16.55 Cecilia Wikström, Chair, EIPA Board of Governors, former MEP and former Member of the Swedish Parliament
17.00 Reception (EIPA’s Restaurant)

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