EIPA Conference | #EIPA40years

Making European Policies Work –
Next Generation EIPA

October 28 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.

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

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 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

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.

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.

Phedon Nicolaïdes

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

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)

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

Acting Director, 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.

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

Cecilia Wikström

Chair of EIPA’s Board of Governors

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.

Barbara Pompili

Minister for the Ecological Transition, France

Barbara Pompili serves as Minister of the Ecological Transition under Prime Minister Jean Castex since 2020. Previously she served as member of the National Assembly for the 2nd constituency of Somme from 2012 to 2016 and from 2017 to 2020.

Paul Magnette

Mayor of Charleroi

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.

Vivianne Heijnen

Alderman of Economy, (EU) Regional Cooperation, Living and Social Innovation and Citizen Participation, Municipality of Maastricht

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.

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

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Programme and topics

10.00 Welcome by

Governor of the Province of Limburg (tbc)

Marco Ongaro, Director-General, EIPA
Our theme is the new European environment in which administrations and judiciaries operate, and the new issues that need to be addressed for making today’s European policies work. Effectiveness demands shared responsibility and ownership, while the quality of public administrations is itself an objective of EU policy, especially in the Age of Recovery.

10.15 Opening speech

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

10.45 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 multi-level 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?

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

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

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

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

11.45 Pause
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?

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

Moderator: Sabina Lange, Senior Lecturer, EIPA

13.00 Lunch
14.15 EIPA at 40
Marco Ongaro, Director-General, EIPA
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?

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

Moderator: Cecilia Wikström, Chair, EIPA Board of Governors

16:00 Closing Address
Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President, European Commission
16:30 Concluding Words

Cecilia Wikström, Chair, EIPA Board of Governors

Marco Ongaro, Director-General, EIPA

17.00 Reception at EIPA

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

Acting Director, 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.

Barbara Pompili

Minister for the Ecological Transition, France

Barbara Pompili serves as Minister of the Ecological Transition under Prime Minister Jean Castex since 2020. Previously she served as member of the National Assembly for the 2nd constituency of Somme from 2012 to 2016 and from 2017 to 2020.

Paul Magnette

Mayor of Charleroi

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.

Vivianne Heijnen

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

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

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 (UK) 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.

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