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EUPACK project publishes comparison of EU countries’ public administrations

© European Commission's Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion Directorate General / Nicolas Lobet - PRYZM Photography
© European Commission's Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion Directorate General / Nicolas Lobet - PRYZM Photography
© European Commission's Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion Directorate General / Nicolas Lobet - PRYZM Photography
© European Commission's Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion Directorate General / Nicolas Lobet - PRYZM Photography
© European Commission's Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion Directorate General / Nicolas Lobet - PRYZM Photography

Gerhard Hammerschmid presents study at European Commission conference in Brussels.

The research project ‘EUPACK’ - European Public Administration Country Knowledge  has published the first results of its comprehensive comparison of national public administrations in the 28 EU member states. The study is a first step towards understanding the dynamics for change within these public administrations, according to the authors.

Gerhard Hammerschmid, Hertie School Professor of Public and Financial Management, is the leading policy expert in this two-year project, carried out by the consortium of the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA), the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin and Ramboll Management Consulting. He is coordinating a team of more than 30 researchers from all 28 EU member states. 

Access the full report: A Comparative Overview of Public Administration Characteristics and Performance in EU28 (16.03.2018)

The report provides substantive insights into the size and structure of different public administrations and the key features of their civil service systems. It also offers a systematic indicator-based comparative analysis of capacity and performance of all EU member states in important areas of administrative reform.

The findings from this report but also other analyses on public administration reform dynamics and outcomes will be discussed in a conference organised by the European Commission in Brussels 22-23 March, “Quality of Public Administration: What have we learned, what can we do better.” It brings together practitioners from civil service in all EU 28, academics such as Hammerschmid, organisations such as the OECD, and various DGs within the European Commission interested in public administration.  The discussions will centre around four topics: understanding capacity, performance and development needs; successful organisational change; improving public administration through digitalisation; and how the Commission can better support member states.

EUPACK began in 2016 and will end in June 2018, with several more reports to be published.

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