On June 3-4, 2019, under the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration (MDRAP), through the General Directorate for Public Administration, the National Agency of Civil Servants (ANFP) and the National Institute of Administration (INA), organised the Meeting of the European Public Administration Network (EUPAN) Directors General at the Palace of the Parliament of Bucharest.
The gathering brought together around 70 senior public administration officials representing the EU Member States and the European Commission, observers, representatives of the organisers as well as of the Romanian associative and academic world.
Virgil-Alin Chirilă, Secretary of State within the MDRAP and coordinator of the events organised by the ministry under the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, emphasised that Romania was a firm supporter of strengthening the European project in order to meet the expectations of the European citizens in a consistent, unitary and fair manner: “The Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union started from the assumption that the most important principles that we must now uphold are the unity and the cohesion of the EU. One of the achievements of our office, which has also been singled out by our European partners, consists in the extensive consultations with all the relevant players on topics of greatest importance in the EU. We have a common goal and only together can we build stronger confidence in the fundamental values that unite us. If we want the Union to go forward, then we must all go forward. We can leave no one behind.”
The format of the meeting was an opportunity for the participants to debate on topics of interest in a plenary session and in a series of interactive workshops.
The plenary session included presentations related to:
the management of public resources in Romanian public administration,
the activity of the Social Dialogue Committee for the Central Government Administration (SDC CGA),
Sweden’s progress in digitalisation,
the priorities of the Finnish EUPAN Presidency, as upcoming rotating Council Presidency.
The topics of the workshops focused on:
the competences required for delivering e-governance,
ethics, an integral part of organisational culture,
challenges in using e-services in public administration,
the impact of strategic planning documents on the performance of the central government administration.
Some Member States had also conducted research on those topics and presented the findings at the meeting.
The event was also a good opportunity to review all the network activities carried out under the Romanian office, which sparked debates of substance collectively appreciated by the participants.
An important moment was the adoption of the EUPAN Strategy Paper 2019-2022, a document reflecting the work done during the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
This event concludes set of the EUPAN meetings taking place in Romania during the Romanian office as Council Presidency. The set of network meetings opened in March and included 4 events (one at directors general level, one at expert level and two at secretariat level).
EUPAN is an informal network that significantly influences the public administration initiatives of all its member countries, 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.
The main objective of the network is to make cooperation among European public administration more relevant and focused, with clear deliverables and to find an effective way of selecting topics of interest for a common agenda in line with the Member States’ and EU level priorities, while also taking into account current public agenda developments and debates.