As Europe reels from a pandemic and unprecedented economic lockdown, the European Centre for Government Transformation convened the High-Level Roundtable on State Transformation: Tomorrow’s Leaders Examine Today’s Challenges. Meeting online courtesy of modern technology, a gaggle of top European public servants, leading state-transformation experts, top academics and College of Europe Masters of European Political and Governance Studies students convened in five cities (Barcelona, Bruges, Brussels, Helsinki, London and Madrid) for a 2.5 hour online discussion on the challenge of public-sector reform – and the solutions innovation and modernisation can bring. The conversation was animated by three state-transformation case studies underway by College of Europe Masters of European Political and Governance Studies students on topics as diverse as new models for job matching and unemployment benefits (done in collaboration with the Madrid Region ministry of employment), tracking job-market needs and skills (done in collaboration with the City of Amsterdam) and strengthening the job-market eco-system (done in collaboration with the KEHA Centre in Finland).
Gertrud Ingestad, director-general of human resources and security, European Commission, led a fascinating breakout on public-administration in the age of COVID-19. Among the speakers were David Blázquez-Vilar, chief of staff, minister of economy and employment, Madrid Region; Olivier Costa, director, European political and governance studies department, College of Europe; Gaurav Gujral, Europe H&PS consulting lead and global revenue industry consulting lead, Accenture; Paul Hofheinz, president, the Lisbon Council; Guido Van Humbeeck, director architecture and innovation, VDAB Flemish public employment service; and Pekka Sivonen, executive director, Business Finland.The European Centre for Government Transformation is a tri-partite collaboration between the Lisbon Council, the College of Europe and Accenture.
The heart of the programme involves a unique case-study project done in collaboration with the College of Europe. Three teams compete for The 2020 Public Sector Innovation Award. An announcement regarding the winner will be made in June. For more, visit https://lisboncouncil.net/initiatives/european-centre-for-government-transformation/introduction.html