EIPA Conference | #EIPA40years

Making European Policies Work –
Next Generation EIPA

28 October 2021  |  10.00 – 17.00 CET

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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.

Topics and speakers

Marco Ongaro

Director-General, EIPA

Bio

Alexander Stubb

Director, School of Transnational Governance, European University Institute, Florence

Professor Alexander Stubb is the Director of the School of Transnational Governance as of 1 May 2020. He has served as Prime Minister, Finance Minister, Foreign Minister, Trade and Europe Minister of Finland (2008-2016). He was a Member of the European Parliament from 2004 to 2008 and national parliament (2011-2017). He was the Chairman of the Finnish National Coalition Party (Kokoomus) from 2014 to 2016 and Vice President of the European Investment Bank (EIB) from 2017 to 2020.

Stubb worked as an advisor at the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Helsinki and Brussels and in President Romano Prodi's team at the European Commission (1995-2004). He was involved in the negotiation of the Treaties of Amsterdam, Nice and Lisbon.

Stubb’s background is in academia, civil service and politics. He holds a Ph.D. in international relations from the London School of Economics, a Master’s degree in EU administration from the College of Europe in Bruges, and a B.A. in political science from Furman University in South Carolina. He also studied French language, culture and civilisation at the Sorbonne in Paris.

Between 2000 and 2007, he was a visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges.

Welcome and Opening

Welcome and Opening Remarks:

Marco Ongaro, Director-General, EIPA

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

Edward Best

Edward Best

Director, Scientific and Editorial Committee, EIPA

Dr Edward Best is Director of the Scientific and Editorial Committee, and an honorary Senior Fellow of Maastricht University. He specialises in European institutions and the political aspects of European integration, as well as comparative regionalism and the management of regional organizations. He has been responsible for successive framework contracts to provide training services to the EU institutions on European governance, and has given regular courses in the European Commission and EU Agencies. He has been a consultant for the European Commission, the United Nations, the Inter-American Development Bank and the Helsinki Commission.

He is the author of Understanding EU Decision-Making (Springer 2016) and EU Law-Making in Principle and Practice (Routledge 2014), both published with the support of the Publications Office of the EU. He is co-editor of The Institutions of the Enlarged European Union (Edward Elgar 2008) with Thomas Christiansen and Pierpaolo Settembri, and of Rethinking the European Union: IGC 2000 and Beyond (EIPA 2000) with Mark Gray and Alexander Stubb, and has published numerous articles on the EU and institutional arrangements for regional integration.

Herwig Hofmann

Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Luxembourg

Professor Hofmann is member of numerous international and national scientific organisations, is member of the scientific boards of several legal journals. He was the University of Luxembourg’s first Professor of Law (2004) where he was also founder of the Centre for European Law (2006), Jean Monnet Professor (2012-2015) and founder of the Robert Schuman Institute for European Affairs (2015-2021) a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence.

Prior to joining the University of Luxembourg, he was full time lecturer in law at Trinity College Law School in Dublin, Ireland. Professor Hofmann has held visiting positions at institutions in Europe (including at Sciences Po in Paris and the EUI in Florence), in the US (including at Columbia Law School in New York and the University of San Francisco Law School) and in Asia (at Chuo University in Tokyo). Hofmann is a graduate of the Universities of Oxford (M.Jur) and Hamburg (Dr.iur).

Professor Hofmann has conducted numerous projects and is the author and co-author of books in the field of EU public such as ‘Administrative Law and Politics of the European Union’ (1st ed. Oxford 2011, 2nd revised ed. Oxford 2021, forthcoming) and ‘Principles of EU Public Law and Administration’ (Oxford, 2022, forthcoming). He has also published as books and articles on structural developments within the EU including The External Dimension of EU Agencies (Elgar, 2018) and EU Administrative Governance (Elgar 2006).

In the field of EU economic and regulatory law, Hofmann is publishing a volume ‘Specialised Matters of EU Administrative Law’ (Oxford 2018). Multi-annual research projects on EU constitutional law and regulatory changes have led to the publications of the ‘The Metamorphosis of the European Economic Constitution’ and a book ‘State Aid Law of the European Union’ (Oxford 2016) looking at the influence of State Aid law on the development of EU public law principles.

Ellen Vos

Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Maastricht

Ellen Vos is Professor of European Union Law at the Law Faculty of Maastricht University. She is co-director of the Maastricht Centre for European Law of Maastricht University. She is research coordinator of the research programme Integration, Differentiation and Flexibility: New Perspectives on EU Law and Policy under the umbrella of the Ius Commune Research school, in which scholars from Utrecht University, Amsterdam University and Leuven University participate.

Ellen Vos studied law at the Universities of Utrecht and Bologna. She was a trainee at the European Commission, the European Consumer Organisation and the European Court of Justice. She wrote and obtained her Ph.D. in Law at the European University Institute in Florence. She was a Jean Monnet fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre of the European University Institute (Florence). From September 2001 until September 2005 she served as the Director of the advanced master programme in comparative, European and International law, Magister Iuris Communis programme of the Law Faculty of the Maastricht University. From 2015 to 2018 she was co-director of the Centre for European Research in Maastricht (CERiM).

Phedon Nicolaides

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

Making European Policies Work: New Approaches in Multilevel Governance

Edward Best, Director, Scientific and Editorial Committee, EIPA

In conversation with

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

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

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

Sabina Lange

Senior Lecturer, EIPA

Dr Sabina Lange is Senior Lecturer at EIPA, and a Senior Fellow of Maastricht University. She is also Associate Professor in International Relations at the University of Ljubljana. Dr Lange specialises in decision-making in the EU and in interinstitutional relations, in particular in external action policies and with regard to delegated and implementing acts. Since 2009 she has been training Member

States’ officials in programmes for preparation of future rotating Council Presidencies, and has given regular courses in the European External Action Service, the European Commission, the European Parliament, the General Secretariat of the Council and EU Agencies. She has been a consultant for the European Parliament and the Committee of the Regions. Her current research focuses on delegated and implementing acts.

She has published books, academic articles, book chapters and think-tank pieces on the Council of the EU, the role of the rotating Council Presidency, delegated and implementing acts, institutional issues in EU external action and with security and foreign policy issues related to Western Balkans as well as on Slovenian foreign and European policies.

Edoardo Ongaro

Professor; former President, European Group for Public Administration

Edoardo Ongaro is Professor of Public Management at The Open University, UK. His expertise is in comparative public administration and the public policy-public administration nexus, and he is widely knowledgeable of public management reforms in Europe and other regions of the world.

His research focuses contextual influences and adaptation of public management practices to local circumstances, also bridging scholarship and practice by working extensively on the issue of ‘how to learn from practices that work, for adaptive transfer and replication’.

He is Immediate Past President of EGPA, the European Group for Public Administration, having served between 2013-2019 as President of EGPA, the leading learned society in Europe for public administration, public management and public governance studies. He is a Member of the Council of Administration of the International Institute of Administrative sciences (IIAS).

He has served in various academic and expert committees and has contributed to numerous international research projects. He is invited to present his research works in universities throughout the world as well as International Organisations like the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) or the World Bank, and the European Commission. Professor Ongaro is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences and Fellow of the Joint University Council of the Applied Social Sciences.

Elsa Pilichowski

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

Ms Pilichowski has more than 20 years’ experience dedicated to public governance in OECD and Partner countries. She joined the OECD in 2000, in the Public Governance Directorate where she worked until 2012. She led projects and teams on Agencies, Public Employment and various governance issues. She was instrumental in the design of the first set of indicators on government human resource management and on the production costs of governments, as well as in the implementation of the first Public Governance Review of France. Ms Pilichowski then moved to the Global Relations Secretariat in 2012 as project manager and then Deputy Head of the Eurasia programme (a.i.), where she led a project on Competitiveness in Kazakhstan and supported the Head of Programme in managing staff and ensuring quality control.

Between 2014 and 2020, Ms Pilichowski was Advisor and then Counsellor in the Office of the Secretary-General (OSG), ensuring the delivery of the Secretary-General’s agenda and supporting the Chief and Deputy Chief of Staff in the Strategic and corporate agenda. Ms Pilichowski was Acting Director of Council and Executive Committee Secretariat since between 1 July 2020 and 30

September 2020. Prior to joining the OECD, Ms Pilichowski held positions of Research Assistant in the World Bank’s East Asia and Pacific Region Vice President’s Office (1999-2000) and Consultant at the World Bank Insitute (1997-1999).

Daniele Dotto

Deputy Director and Head of Unit – Governance and Public Administration, DG REFORM, 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 to the “Kinnock reform”. He eventually became Head of Unit - Coordination at DG HR and 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 and is head of the Commission Competence Centre for Public Administration and Governance. He is also acting Director “Support to Member states reforms”. He is a lecturer at Bocconi University and at the Scuola Normale ``Sant'Anna`` di Pisa.

How can we Help Make it Work? Learning and Capacity-Building

Sabina Lange, Senior Lecturer, EIPA

In conversation with

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

Cecilia Wikström

Chair of EIPA’s Board of Governors, former MEP and former Member of the Swedish Parliament

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.

Anthony Zacharzewski

President, Democratic Society, Brussels

Anthony Zacharzewski is the President of the Democratic Society, an international non-profit organization based in Brussels and working in twenty countries across Europe on participation, citizen engagement and new forms of governance. A former senior civil servant in the UK, he set up the Democratic Society with five friends in 2006 and has led the organisation since 2010. His current projects include working in fifteen cities to ensure that climate action is a democratic not just a technocratic issue; practical action to connect citizen voice on research across local, national and European levels; and developing new democratic forms for local and organizational governance.

Jean Severijns

Consultant, Maastricht; former Project Manager Internationalisation, Province of Limburg (NL); representative of the Innovative Regions Europe network in the European Mutual Learning Platform Board

Jean Severijns deals with cross border activities and internationalisation in general and with regional innovation policy in particular.

He worked many years for the Regional Government of the province of Limburg in the Netherlands as Project manager Internationalisation. Jean has more than 30 years of experience in policy-making and policy advising, consultancy and project management. In general; matching business and governmental interests on strategic, tactical and operational level.
He organised/moderated workshops and conferences and was active dealing with evaluation- and external expert-activities for instance by evaluating proposals and business plans for the EU, companies, regions and countries.
In this way he combines theory with practical experiences.

Besides, he initiated many cross border and international projects and is the founder of the knowledge “innovation voucher schemes” system in Europe and beyond.

Jean Severijns was involved in more than 25 Regional Innovation Strategies in Europe.
He graduated “Cum Laude” as an economist at Tilburg University in the Netherlands and lived during 6 years in the Rotterdam area where he worked for the “Rijnmond public authority”, a regional government. After that, he was active all over Europe, including what was called at that time,“New Member States” like the Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Lithuania, Romania, Estonia but also Russia, Belarus, Albania, Azerbaijan, China plus Argentina, Brasil, Chili and Uruguay in South America.

Jean Severijns chaired the European IRE Steering group and the IRE Community of Practice and represented the IRE Network within the European Mutual Learning Platform Board of the European Commission. He was involved in several other European networks like the European Chemical Regions Network and the European Industrial Change Network. Jean Severijns represented the Province of Limburg both within the Smart Specialisation Strategy (S3) Platform MIRROR Group, a cooperation of 7 DG’s of the EC + leading innovation networks in Europe as well as the S3 task force for the Southern part of the Netherlands.

Paul Magnette

Mayor of Charleroi, former Federal Minister for Climate and Energy

Paul Magnette is a Belgian politician. He is currently the President of the Walloon Socialist Party and mayor of Charleroi. Previously he was both minister in the federal and the Walloon government as well as Minister-President of Wallonia. In 2001, he was appointed professor of political science at ULB and Director of the Institute of European Studies. He also teached at the Paris Institute of Political Studies and has been a visiting professor at several European and North American universities. He is the author of numerous publications.

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

Alfonso María Dastis Quecedo is a Spanish diplomat, who served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain from 2016 until 1 June 2018, when a vote of no-confidence against Mariano Rajoy ousted the government. Prior to becoming Minister he held several positions within the Spanish Diplomatic Corps. He is the current Ambassador of Spain to the Republic of Italy.

Dastis studied law at the CEU San Pablo University in the 1970s, then attended the public Complutense University of Madrid. He embarked on a doctoral thesis on the freedom of establishment of insurance companies, but abandoned it in 1983.
Dastis entered the Diplomatic Corps in 1983. As a career diplomat he held several positions linked to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and to international institutions, such as in the Spanish Embassy to the UN, the Minister's Staff, and the Prime Minister's Office. In 2002, he was named Secretary General for European Affairs.

Between 1987 and 1989, Dastis worked as a law clerk for one of his former professors, Gil Carlos Rodríguez Iglesias, Spain's first judge at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) and a subsequent president of that court. As Spain's legal adviser at the United Nations, Dastis deputised occasionally for Spain's ambassador in 1993-94 when Spain held a seat on the United Nations Security Council and cast Spain's vote at the Security Council meeting that accepted the Czech Republic and Slovakia as members after they had split. Dastis was EU adviser to José Maria Aznar from 1996 to 2000. Among other things, he was in charge of organising Spain's presidency of the Council of the European Union, which ran in the first half of 2002. At the end of 2001, Aznar nominated him as Spanish delegate to the Convention on the Future of Europe, alongside Ana de Palacio y del Valle-Lersundi. In this capacity, he pushed against making the Union's common foreign and security policy (CFSP) subject to the jurisdiction of the ECJ.

Challenges for Multilevel Governance: Participation and Politics

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

In conversation with

Anthony Zacharzewski, President, Democratic Society, Brussels

Jean Severijns, Consultant, Maastricht; former Project Manager Internationalisation, Province of Limburg (NL); representative of the Innovative Regions Europe network in the European Mutual Learning Platform Board’

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

Edward Best

Edward Best

Director, Scientific and Editorial Committee, EIPA

Dr Edward Best is Director of the Scientific and Editorial Committee, and an honorary Senior Fellow of Maastricht University. He specialises in European institutions and the political aspects of European integration, as well as comparative regionalism and the management of regional organizations. He has been responsible for successive framework contracts to provide training services to the EU institutions on European governance, and has given regular courses in the European Commission and EU Agencies. He has been a consultant for the European Commission, the United Nations, the Inter-American Development Bank and the Helsinki Commission.

He is the author of Understanding EU Decision-Making (Springer 2016) and EU Law-Making in Principle and Practice (Routledge 2014), both published with the support of the Publications Office of the EU. He is co-editor of The Institutions of the Enlarged European Union (Edward Elgar 2008) with Thomas Christiansen and Pierpaolo Settembri, and of Rethinking the European Union: IGC 2000 and Beyond (EIPA 2000) with Mark Gray and Alexander Stubb, and has published numerous articles on the EU and institutional arrangements for regional integration.

Jacques Pelkmans

Associate Senior Research Fellow, CEPS

Jacques Pelkmans is an Associate Senior Fellow at CEPS. Jacques studied economics at Tilburg University, International Relations at Johns Hopkins and gained his Ph. D. in economics from Tilburg.

Previously, he was a professor of economics at the European University Institute in Florence, at the European Institute of Public Administration in Maastricht and at Maastricht University. Jacques also held the Jan Tinbergen Chair at the College of Europe in Bruges. He has published research with the Council on Foreign relations, Chatham House, WRR (the Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy) and the European Institute for Asian Studies (of which he is founding director).
He has also been an advisor to several Asian and European governments, as well as the OECD, the European Commission (was a member of the Cecchini group), ASEAN and UNIDO. He has authored and co-authored a number of studies for the European Parliament (at CEPS) and for the European Commission and published extensively on EU economic integration, ASEAN economic integration, world trade, regulation and technical standards.

Since 1990 Jacques is an Associate Senior Fellow at CEPS, specialising in EU trade and investment policy, the EU single market and the economics and political economy of EU regulation.

Mario Nava

Director General, DG Structural Reform Support (REFORM)

Mario Nava (born Milan, 1966) holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from Bocconi University (1989), an MA in Economics from the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium (1992) and a PhD in Public Finance from the London School of Economics (1996).

Mario joined the European Commission in 1994 and held various senior positions.
Since June 2020 he is the Director-General of the DG for Structural Reform Support (DG REFORM). Prior to that, from October 2018 till June 2020, he was the Director for “horizontal policies” in the Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union Directorate General.

From 2016 to April 2018, he was Director of the “Financial system surveillance and crisis management” Directorate and, from 2011 to 2016, Director of the “Regulation and prudential supervision of financial institutions”.

Previously, he was Head of the “Banking and Financial Conglomerates” Unit, of the Financial Markets Infrastructure Unit, a member of the Group of Policy Advisers of the EU Commission President, Prof. Romano Prodi, and a member of the Cabinet of the Competition Commissioner, Prof. Mario Monti. Alongside his current work, he is active in research and teaching. He is currently Visiting Professor at Bocconi University (Milan) and at Solvay Business School (Brussels) and has been teaching in several universities in Europe and Latin America.

Cecilia Wikström

Chair of EIPA’s Board of Governors, former MEP and former Member of the Swedish Parliament

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.

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

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Programme and topics

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: New Approaches in Multilevel Governance

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

Moderator: Sabina Lange, Senior Lecturer, EIPA

13.00 Lunch
14.30 Challenges for Multilevel Governance: Participation and Politics

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

Jean Severijns, Consultant, Maastricht; former Project Manager Internationalisation, Province of Limburg (NL); representative of the Innovative Regions Europe network in the European Mutual Learning Platform Board

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 Public Administration and Policy Implementation: Making the EU Work
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 future

Mario Nava, Director-General, DG Structural Reform Support (REFORM), European Commission (online)

16.55 Concluding words

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

17.00 Reception (EIPA’s Restaurant)

Chair & Speakers

Marco Ongaro

Director-General, EIPA

Bio

Alexander Stubb

Director, School of Transnational Governance, European University Institute, Florence

Professor Alexander Stubb is the Director of the School of Transnational Governance as of 1 May 2020. He has served as Prime Minister, Finance Minister, Foreign Minister, Trade and Europe Minister of Finland (2008-2016). He was a Member of the European Parliament from 2004 to 2008 and national parliament (2011-2017). He was the Chairman of the Finnish National Coalition Party (Kokoomus) from 2014 to 2016 and Vice President of the European Investment Bank (EIB) from 2017 to 2020.

Stubb worked as an advisor at the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Helsinki and Brussels and in President Romano Prodi's team at the European Commission (1995-2004). He was involved in the negotiation of the Treaties of Amsterdam, Nice and Lisbon.

Stubb’s background is in academia, civil service and politics. He holds a Ph.D. in international relations from the London School of Economics, a Master’s degree in EU administration from the College of Europe in Bruges, and a B.A. in political science from Furman University in South Carolina. He also studied French language, culture and civilisation at the Sorbonne in Paris.

Between 2000 and 2007, he was a visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges.

Ellen Vos

Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Maastricht

Ellen Vos is Professor of European Union Law at the Law Faculty of Maastricht University. She is co-director of the Maastricht Centre for European Law of Maastricht University. She is research coordinator of the research programme Integration, Differentiation and Flexibility: New Perspectives on EU Law and Policy under the umbrella of the Ius Commune Research school, in which scholars from Utrecht University, Amsterdam University and Leuven University participate.

Ellen Vos studied law at the Universities of Utrecht and Bologna. She was a trainee at the European Commission, the European Consumer Organisation and the European Court of Justice. She wrote and obtained her Ph.D. in Law at the European University Institute in Florence. She was a Jean Monnet fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre of the European University Institute (Florence). From September 2001 until September 2005 she served as the Director of the advanced master programme in comparative, European and International law, Magister Iuris Communis programme of the Law Faculty of the Maastricht University. From 2015 to 2018 she was co-director of the Centre for European Research in Maastricht (CERiM).

Herwig Hofmann

Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Luxembourg

Professor Hofmann is member of numerous international and national scientific organisations, is member of the scientific boards of several legal journals. He was the University of Luxembourg’s first Professor of Law (2004) where he was also founder of the Centre for European Law (2006), Jean Monnet Professor (2012-2015) and founder of the Robert Schuman Institute for European Affairs (2015-2021) a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence.

Prior to joining the University of Luxembourg, he was full time lecturer in law at Trinity College Law School in Dublin, Ireland. Professor Hofmann has held visiting positions at institutions in Europe (including at Sciences Po in Paris and the EUI in Florence), in the US (including at Columbia Law School in New York and the University of San Francisco Law School) and in Asia (at Chuo University in Tokyo). Hofmann is a graduate of the Universities of Oxford (M.Jur) and Hamburg (Dr.iur).

Professor Hofmann has conducted numerous projects and is the author and co-author of books in the field of EU public such as ‘Administrative Law and Politics of the European Union’ (1st ed. Oxford 2011, 2nd revised ed. Oxford 2021, forthcoming) and ‘Principles of EU Public Law and Administration’ (Oxford, 2022, forthcoming). He has also published as books and articles on structural developments within the EU including The External Dimension of EU Agencies (Elgar, 2018) and EU Administrative Governance (Elgar 2006).

In the field of EU economic and regulatory law, Hofmann is publishing a volume ‘Specialised Matters of EU Administrative Law’ (Oxford 2018). Multi-annual research projects on EU constitutional law and regulatory changes have led to the publications of the ‘The Metamorphosis of the European Economic Constitution’ and a book ‘State Aid Law of the European Union’ (Oxford 2016) looking at the influence of State Aid law on the development of EU public law principles.

Sabina Lange

Senior Lecturer, EIPA

Dr Sabina Lange is Senior Lecturer at EIPA, and a Senior Fellow of Maastricht University. She is also Associate Professor in International Relations at the University of Ljubljana. Dr Lange specialises in decision-making in the EU and in interinstitutional relations, in particular in external action policies and with regard to delegated and implementing acts. Since 2009 she has been training Member

States’ officials in programmes for preparation of future rotating Council Presidencies, and has given regular courses in the European External Action Service, the European Commission, the European Parliament, the General Secretariat of the Council and EU Agencies. She has been a consultant for the European Parliament and the Committee of the Regions. Her current research focuses on delegated and implementing acts.

She has published books, academic articles, book chapters and think-tank pieces on the Council of the EU, the role of the rotating Council Presidency, delegated and implementing acts, institutional issues in EU external action and with security and foreign policy issues related to Western Balkans as well as on Slovenian foreign and European policies.

Elsa Pilichowski

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

Ms Pilichowski has more than 20 years’ experience dedicated to public governance in OECD and Partner countries. She joined the OECD in 2000, in the Public Governance Directorate where she worked until 2012. She led projects and teams on Agencies, Public Employment and various governance issues. She was instrumental in the design of the first set of indicators on government human resource management and on the production costs of governments, as well as in the implementation of the first Public Governance Review of France. Ms Pilichowski then moved to the Global Relations Secretariat in 2012 as project manager and then Deputy Head of the Eurasia programme (a.i.), where she led a project on Competitiveness in Kazakhstan and supported the Head of Programme in managing staff and ensuring quality control.

Between 2014 and 2020, Ms Pilichowski was Advisor and then Counsellor in the Office of the Secretary-General (OSG), ensuring the delivery of the Secretary-General’s agenda and supporting the Chief and Deputy Chief of Staff in the Strategic and corporate agenda. Ms Pilichowski was Acting Director of Council and Executive Committee Secretariat since between 1 July 2020 and 30

September 2020. Prior to joining the OECD, Ms Pilichowski held positions of Research Assistant in the World Bank’s East Asia and Pacific Region Vice President’s Office (1999-2000) and Consultant at the World Bank Insitute (1997-1999).

Daniele Dotto

Deputy Director and Head of Unit – Governance and Public Administration, DG REFORM, 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 to the “Kinnock reform”. He eventually became Head of Unit - Coordination at DG HR and 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 and is head of the Commission Competence Centre for Public Administration and Governance. He is also acting Director “Support to Member states reforms”. He is a lecturer at Bocconi University and at the Scuola Normale ``Sant'Anna`` di Pisa.

Edoardo Ongaro

Professor; former President, European Group for Public Administration

Edoardo Ongaro is Professor of Public Management at The Open University, UK. His expertise is in comparative public administration and the public policy-public administration nexus, and he is widely knowledgeable of public management reforms in Europe and other regions of the world.

His research focuses contextual influences and adaptation of public management practices to local circumstances, also bridging scholarship and practice by working extensively on the issue of ‘how to learn from practices that work, for adaptive transfer and replication’.

He is Immediate Past President of EGPA, the European Group for Public Administration, having served between 2013-2019 as President of EGPA, the leading learned society in Europe for public administration, public management and public governance studies. He is a Member of the Council of Administration of the International Institute of Administrative sciences (IIAS).

He has served in various academic and expert committees and has contributed to numerous international research projects. He is invited to present his research works in universities throughout the world as well as International Organisations like the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) or the World Bank, and the European Commission. Professor Ongaro is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences and Fellow of the Joint University Council of the Applied Social Sciences.

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

Alfonso María Dastis Quecedo is a Spanish diplomat, who served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain from 2016 until 1 June 2018, when a vote of no-confidence against Mariano Rajoy ousted the government. Prior to becoming Minister he held several positions within the Spanish Diplomatic Corps. He is the current Ambassador of Spain to the Republic of Italy.
Dastis studied law at the CEU San Pablo University in the 1970s, then attended the public Complutense University of Madrid. He embarked on a doctoral thesis on the freedom of establishment of insurance companies, but abandoned it in 1983.
Dastis entered the Diplomatic Corps in 1983. As a career diplomat he held several positions linked to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and to international institutions, such as in the Spanish Embassy to the UN, the Minister's Staff, and the Prime Minister's Office. In 2002, he was named Secretary General for European Affairs.
Between 1987 and 1989, Dastis worked as a law clerk for one of his former professors, Gil Carlos Rodríguez Iglesias, Spain's first judge at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) and a subsequent president of that court.
As Spain's legal adviser at the United Nations, Dastis deputised occasionally for Spain's ambassador in 1993-94 when Spain held a seat on the United Nations Security Council and cast Spain's vote at the Security Council meeting that accepted the Czech Republic and Slovakia as members after they had split. Dastis was EU adviser to José Maria Aznar from 1996 to 2000. Among other things, he was in charge of organising Spain's presidency of the Council of the European Union, which ran in the first half of 2002. At the end of 2001, Aznar nominated him as Spanish delegate to the Convention on the Future of Europe, alongside Ana de Palacio y del Valle-Lersundi. In this capacity, he pushed against making the Union's common foreign and security policy (CFSP) subject to the jurisdiction of the ECJ.

Paul Magnette

Mayor of Charleroi, former Federal Minister for Climate and Energy

Paul Magnette, Mayor of Charleroi is a Belgian politician for the Socialist Party, the current mayor of Charleroi. He was the 13th Minister-President of Wallonia from 2014 to 2017. In 2001, he was appointed professor of political science at ULB and Director of the Institute of European Studies. He was director of the Institute of European Studies at ULB from 2001 to 2007. He also teaches at the Paris Institute of Political Studies and has been a visiting professor at several European and North American universities. He is the author of numerous publications.

Jean Severijns

Consultant, Maastricht; former Project Manager Internationalisation, Province of Limburg (NL); representative of the Innovative Regions Europe network in the European Mutual Learning Platform Board’

Jean Severijns deals with cross border activities and internationalisation in general and with regional innovation policy in particular.

He worked many years for the Regional Government of the province of Limburg in the Netherlands as Project manager Internationalisation. Jean has more than 30 years of experience in policy-making and policy advising, consultancy and project management. In general; matching business and governmental interests on strategic, tactical and operational level.
He organised/moderated workshops and conferences and was active dealing with evaluation- and external expert-activities for instance by evaluating proposals and business plans for the EU, companies, regions and countries.
In this way he combines theory with practical experiences.

Besides, he initiated many cross border and international projects and is the founder of the knowledge “innovation voucher schemes” system in Europe and beyond.

Jean Severijns was involved in more than 25 Regional Innovation Strategies in Europe.
He graduated “Cum Laude” as an economist at Tilburg University in the Netherlands and lived during 6 years in the Rotterdam area where he worked for the “Rijnmond public authority”, a regional government. After that, he was active all over Europe, including what was called at that time,“New Member States” like the Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Lithuania, Romania, Estonia but also Russia, Belarus, Albania, Azerbaijan, China plus Argentina, Brasil, Chili and Uruguay in South America.

Jean Severijns chaired the European IRE Steering group and the IRE Community of Practice and represented the IRE Network within the European Mutual Learning Platform Board of the European Commission. He was involved in several other European networks like the European Chemical Regions Network and the European Industrial Change Network. Jean Severijns represented the Province of Limburg both within the Smart Specialisation Strategy (S3) Platform MIRROR Group, a cooperation of 7 DG’s of the EC + leading innovation networks in Europe as well as the S3 task force for the Southern part of the Netherlands.

Anthony Zacharzewski

President, Democratic Society, Brussels

Anthony Zacharzewski is the President of the Democratic Society, an international non-profit organization based in Brussels and working in twenty countries across Europe on participation, citizen engagement and new forms of governance. A former senior civil servant in the UK, he set up the Democratic Society with five friends in 2006 and has led the organisation since 2010. His current projects include working in fifteen cities to ensure that climate action is a democratic not just a technocratic issue; practical action to connect citizen voice on research across local, national and European levels; and developing new democratic forms for local and organizational governance.

Cecilia Wikström

Chair of EIPA’s Board of Governors, former MEP and former Member of the Swedish Parliament

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.
Edward Best

Edward Best

Director, Scientific and Editorial Committee, EIPA

Dr Edward Best is Director of the Scientific and Editorial Committee, and an honorary Senior Fellow of Maastricht University. He specialises in European institutions and the political aspects of European integration, as well as comparative regionalism and the management of regional organizations. He has been responsible for successive framework contracts to provide training services to the EU institutions on European governance, and has given regular courses in the European Commission and EU Agencies. He has been a consultant for the European Commission, the United Nations, the Inter-American Development Bank and the Helsinki Commission.

He is the author of Understanding EU Decision-Making (Springer 2016) and EU Law-Making in Principle and Practice (Routledge 2014), both published with the support of the Publications Office of the EU. He is co-editor of The Institutions of the Enlarged European Union (Edward Elgar 2008) with Thomas Christiansen and Pierpaolo Settembri, and of Rethinking the European Union: IGC 2000 and Beyond (EIPA 2000) with Mark Gray and Alexander Stubb, and has published numerous articles on the EU and institutional arrangements for regional integration.

Mario Nava

Director General, DG Structural Reform Support (REFORM)

Mario Nava (born Milan, 1966) holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from Bocconi University (1989), an MA in Economics from the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium (1992) and a PhD in Public Finance from the London School of Economics (1996).

Mario joined the European Commission in 1994 and held various senior positions.
Since June 2020 he is the Director-General of the DG for Structural Reform Support (DG REFORM). Prior to that, from October 2018 till June 2020, he was the Director for “horizontal policies” in the Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union Directorate General.

From 2016 to April 2018, he was Director of the “Financial system surveillance and crisis management” Directorate and, from 2011 to 2016, Director of the “Regulation and prudential supervision of financial institutions”.

Previously, he was Head of the “Banking and Financial Conglomerates” Unit, of the Financial Markets Infrastructure Unit, a member of the Group of Policy Advisers of the EU Commission President, Prof. Romano Prodi, and a member of the Cabinet of the Competition Commissioner, Prof. Mario Monti. Alongside his current work, he is active in research and teaching. He is currently Visiting Professor at Bocconi University (Milan) and at Solvay Business School (Brussels) and has been teaching in several universities in Europe and Latin America.

Jacques Pelkmans

Associate Senior Fellow at CEPS

Jacques Pelkmans is an Associate Senior Fellow at CEPS. Jacques studied economics at Tilburg University, International Relations at Johns Hopkins and gained his Ph. D. in economics from Tilburg.
Previously, he was a professor of economics at the European University Institute in Florence, at the European Institute of Public Administration in Maastricht and at Maastricht University. Jacques also held the Jan Tinbergen Chair at the College of Europe in Bruges. He has published research with the Council on Foreign relations, Chatham House, WRR (the Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy) and the European Institute for Asian Studies (of which he is founding director).
He has also been an advisor to several Asian and European governments, as well as the OECD, the European Commission (was a member of the Cecchini group), ASEAN and UNIDO. He has authored and co-authored a number of studies for the European Parliament (at CEPS) and for the European Commission and published extensively on EU economic integration, ASEAN economic integration, world trade, regulation and technical standards.
Since 1990 Jacques is an Associate Senior Fellow at CEPS, specialising in EU trade and investment policy, the EU single market and the economics and political economy of EU regulation.

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