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Making European Policies work


09 Sep 2021


Science & Policymaking

Europeans are faced with a variety of challenges that can only be addressed through close cooperation between national and European administrations. On 28 October 2021, the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) will host a virtual event entitled “Making European Policies Work – Next Generation EIPA”, with a focus on the new challenges for EU policy implementation.

The past decade, marked by the European debt crisis, the migration crisis, and now the pandemic, has highlighted what it means to be part of a multilevel system. The crises have also underlined the need for improvements in the EU’s multilevel administrative system to ensure ownership for objectives and reforms.

The EU proclaims ambitious goals but implementation of European policies is still an issue. We need to do better in learning from experience and from each other about what works, and in coming up with new ideas together” - says Edward Best, Director of the Scientific and Editorial Committee at EIPA.

European roles must be clearly defined in order for the EU to reach its full potential. Member States need to live up to the standards required by the EU’s strategies to deliver the social, environmental and political protection that citizens need. Among other things, this means that Member States and European networks need to be equipped with appropriate instruments and procedures.

Over the past decades, EIPA has collected, combined and provided deep insights into ongoing reforms, building on experiences at EU level, in the Member States, and in different policy areas. With our virtual 40th anniversary event ‘Making European Policies Work – Next Generation EIPA on 28 October 2021, we will look at the new challenges for EU policy implementation from three perspectives:

  • the design of multilevel administrative arrangements;
  • the contribution of mutual learning and transnational cooperation; and
  • the role of political leadership and citizen engagement.

The conference will conclude with an address by Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President of the European Commission.

View the full agenda and register for the conference here.

About EIPA

The European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) is one of the longest standing centres of expertise in European public affairs, having been established in Maastricht in 1981. The Institute supports the European Union, the Member States and associated countries by providing relevant and high quality services to develop public official’s capacities in dealing with EU affairs. EIPA has its headquarters in Maastricht and a centre in Luxembourg. Read more about EIPA.


Questions and/or requests for interviews or further insights on the conference can be addressed to EIPA (Juulia Baer-Bader, Communications Manager, / +31 (0) 43 32 96 375).



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