On Wednesday, May 8, 2019, the representatives of Austria, Finland, Croatia, the European Commission and Romania convened in a working meeting (EUPAN 5 DG Secretariat) which took place at the headquarters of the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration (MDRAP) with the purpose of preparing the future meeting of the directors general, to be held at the Bucharest Palace of the Parliament, on June 3-4, 2019.
Under the rotating Council Presidency held by Romania, the activities of the European Public Administration Network (EUPAN) are managed by MDRAP, through the General Directorate for Public Administration, the National Agency of Civil Servants (ANFP) and the National Institute of Administration (INA).
The meeting organised on Wednesday covered the following:
the priorities of the Romanian EUPAN Presidency and its coordinating team;
the conclusions of the expert-level meeting held in Focșani (April 8-9, 2019);
the outcomes of the CAF National Correspondents meeting of May 6, 2019;
the EUPAN Strategy Paper 2019 – 2022.
“Through the activities carried out under the Council Presidency office, Romania’s goal is to highlight the benefits that a strong and cohesive Union brings each and everyone. We therefore support the main objective of the European Public Administration Network – that of making cooperation among European public administrations more relevant, in order to find an effective way of selecting topics of interest for a common agenda, in line with Member State and EU level priorities. I firmly believe that the debates taking place in the gatherings hosted by our country will help foster the dialogue and the exchange of constructive views that are necessary to further shape our common future”, stated Secretary of State Virgil-Alin Chirilă, coordinator of the events organised by MDRAP under the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU.
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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.
Cooperation with EUPAN started in 2004, when experts from the National Agency of Civil Servants (ANFP) participated in a series on working groups set up at the level of EU Member States:
Working Group on Human Resources in Public Administration;
Working Subgroup for Social Dialogue;
Working Group for Innovative Public Services;
Working Subgroup for Client Satisfaction Management;
Group of Directors and Experts on Better Regulation;
The Group of Public Administration Directors General of EU Member States and Candidate Countries.
EUPAN 5 meetings are held under every Council Presidency, both at working group and management levels, with the purpose of delivering work in preparation of the EUPAN meetings. The representatives’ main task is to work on the planned activities included in the Action Plan.