The European Centre for Government Transformation convened The 2020 European Centre for Government Transformation Summit devoted to public sector reform and innovation.
For nearly a year, 12 students of the College of Europe’s Masters of European Political and Governance have studied a public-sector challenge, bringing their youthful ideas and impressive academic achievements to bear on the very public-administration challenges that civil servants face. After being competitively selected, the students were divided into three teams and given a case study related to a member state public administration. This year, the three public sector administrations which took part in the project were the ministry of employment of the Madrid region in Spain, the city of Amsterdam in the Netherlands and the KEHA Centre in Finland. In February 2020, the three teams went on a site visit to better grasp the reality of the public administration they were working with. The students have been coached and mentored by a team of high-level consultants from Accenture. Their final work has been judged by a jury of prominent European civil servants led by Gertrud Ingestad, director-general of human resources and security at the European Commission.
This year, The 2020 Public Sector Innovation Award went to the team of students who worked on strengthening the job-market ecosystem and developing an innovation hub with KEHA Centre in Finland.