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Conference Public Governance as the foundation of European Integration

  • Location: Vienna, Austria
  • Date: 23/06/2016 - 24/06/2016


„Fundamentals first“ is the new approach of the European Commission which ensures a stronger focus on addressing fundamental reforms early in the enlargement process.1 These include the three pillars „rule of law“, „economic governance“ and „public administration reform (PAR)“. PAR is no specific negotiation chapter but nevertheless has to be seen as horizontal priority of a successful accession process. Transparency, accountability, effectiveness and quality of the public administration and services need to be increased also among EU Member States. Manifold institutions and activities in the Danube Region and Western Balkans deal with these key issues and a knowledge exchange on PAR and Good Governance between them should be started.

The conference is embedded in the Austrian activities as host of the Berlin Process 2015 and the role of Vienna as Coordinator of the Priority Area “Stepping up Institutional Capacity and Cooperation” of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR). It has been initiated by the programme „Capacity Building in the Western Balkans and the Republic of Moldova“, funded by the Austrian Development Agency and implemented by the Austrian Association of Cities and Towns and KDZ-Centre for Public Administration Research.

Austrian Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Regional Cooperation Council, City of Vienna, PAC 10 “Institutional Capacity” (EUSDR), Center for Excellence in Finance, Austrian Association of Cities and Towns, , as well as Regional School of Public Administration (ReSPA) and NALAS (Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South-East Europe).

- Contribute to the current efforts of Public Administration Reform in the Danube Region / Western Balkans
- Linking efforts towards Good Governance within the “Berlin Process” and EU accession integrating the EUSDR and SEE 2020 Strategy

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