On Monday, May 6, 2019, the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration (MDRAP) organised the meeting of the European Public Administration Network (EUPAN) CAF National Correspondents, which took place at the Palace of the Parliament under the rotating Council Presidency held by Romania.
The event enjoyed the participation of 50 public administration practitioners who mainly debated on topics such as CAF evolution and the progress made in its public sector implementation, as well as continued work required to improve the CAF model by designing a new version – CAF 2020 – which will, however, preserve all the defining traits that have confirmed the value of the current version of the CAF Implementation Guidelines.
“The future priority actions of the Community project can only be defined by engaging its citizens and by connecting public policies to their expectations. The European Union needs creativity and a stronger vision in order to overcome the challenges it is facing. This is why the thematic meetings that we organise under the aegis of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU are aimed at capitalising on the work that has already been done and at making new progress towards promoting a modern public administration, one that is able to facilitate socio-economic growth through competitive public services as well as through quality investments and regulations”, stated Secretary of State Virgil-Alin Chirilă, coordinator of the events organised by MDRAP under the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU.
CAF (Common Assessment Framework for the performance of the public sector) is a quality management instrument used to improve organisational performance in the EU public sector and represents a significant outcome of cooperation within EUPAN.
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EUPAN is an informal network that significantly influences the public administration initiatives of all its member countries. The network is made up of public administration practitioners in the Member States of the European Union, the European Commission and the observer countries. The network is organised around its main areas of interest, which include human resources management and organisational development, service innovation and delivery, but is also open to other areas of public administration such as public administration reform implementation, open governance etc. EUPAN is also a forum that facilitates its members in their exchange and sharing of views, experiences and best practices, which allows them to form a comparative vision in the area of public administration reform or modernisation undertaken by other Member States and, consequently, to promote similar strategies and actions in order to foster EU-wide unitary and consistent developments and advances that are responsive to the common area-specific challenges.