ERT Seminar for German Officials (September 2015)
Belarusian delegation in Institute (Septemper 2015)
DISPA meeting (Riga 2015)
Study Visit of Georgian Delegation to the Czech Republic (May 2015)
ERT Seminar (September 2014)
Visit of Director of Maltese Institute (June 2014)
DISPA meeting (Athens 2014)
Vietnamese delegation in Institute (April 2014)
Georgian delegation in Institute (December 2013)
International projects on Ethics in Public Administration (2011 - 2013)
DISPA meeting (Dublin 2012)
Eastern Partnership - practical training (November 2012)
Korean delegation in Institute (October 2012)
Chinese delegation in Institute (October 2012)
Seminar "Civil Service in Changing Society" (May 2012)
"Ethics" project meeting (Berlin, March 2012)
"Ethics" project meeting (Berlin, June 2012)
ERT coordination meeting (Hague 2012)
International seminar on Czech Public Administration Aspects (December 2011)
Chinese delegation in Institute (December 2011)
Kick-off meeting of international project for comparison of ethical standards in public administration (December 2011)
DISPA meeting (Warsaw, October 2011)
Chinese delegation in Institute (October 2011)
Serbian delegation in Institute (October 2011)
DISPA meeting (Budapest 2011)
Transfer of Innovation in Methodologies for European Officials: Follow up a joint learning path - final meeting (March 2011)
Bavarian delegation in Institute (March 2011)
This year’s seminar was attended by 14 colleagues from various ministries and public administration organizations, for whom the extensive composed of lectures and excursion was prepared.
The first day of programme, the opening session was dedicated to the introduction of the Institute’s role and activities, issues of training of public administration officials and actual system of public administration. In the subsequent speech, Mr.Oliver Engelhardt, the representative of Czech-German Fund of Future presented its activities. In the afternoon programme, participants viseatd the German embassy and met the head of political department and ambassador’s deputy Mr. Robert Klinke for the discussion not only on Czech-German relations and cooperation. The first day was concluded with the walk in Prague historical centre focused on aspects of Czech-German relations.
The second day began with the guided tour in the Senate of the Czech Republic premises, which was followed by the meeting and discussion with Mr. Adolf Beznoska, Member of Parliament and guided tour in Thunovský Palace, the seat of Chamber of Deputies of Parliament of the Czech Republic. In the afternoon participants visited their counterparts. This is a speciality of this type of seminar, when participants have an opportunity to discuss, share experience and initiate possible co-operation with representatives of institutions who are in charge of the same or similar agenda as the participants.
The visit of the city of Pilsen was on the schedule for the third day. First, the participants viseatd the seat DEPO 2015, wher a number of events related with the project „ Pilsen – European Capital of Culture 2015“ is held and then the director Mr. Jiří Suchánek and project manager Ms. Šárka Krtková presented the project.. The programme continued with the meeting at the Regional Office of Pilsen Region, where the participants were presented the structure, authority functioning and activities of Pilsen region by the deputy of the president of regional council Mr. Ivo Grüner and by representatives of the financial department and the department of internal affairs.
The final day the programme included the presentation given by the representative of the Office of Government of the Czech Republic Mr. František Kučera, who focused on issues of corruption in public administration and anti-corruption governmental strategy and the presentation given by Mr. Aleš Hrubý from Directorate General of Customs Office, who focused on the topic of organized crime, mainly cigarettes and tobacco smuggling.
Particular parts of the seminar were acknowledged positively and were accompanied by the extensive discussion. The participants gained interesting and useful findings and they could compare the situation in the Czech Republic and Germany in the given fields.
In this relation the Institute was asked by Transparency International Czech Republic to host the delegation briefly within their extensive programme in the Czech Republic. The participants were presented roles, tasks and principles of Institute’s operation and subsequently issues of training of officials of territorial self-government units as well as state administration.
The meeting was accompanied by the discussion.
Prague, September 2014
In the second half of September Institute for Public Administration Prague in cooperation with Bundesakademie für Öffentliche Verwaltung was hosting the seminar for German and Austrian public administration officials.
This type of seminars belongs in its framework under so European Reciprocal Training Programme (ERT), which is unique for its opprotunity that participants can visit their counterparts, i.e representatives of institutions, whose agenda is the same or similar, individually.
During four days of the seminars lectures focused on various topics aiming on the professional background of participants and other accompanying events were on the agenda.
After the official welcome, the first day involved presentations that introduced the Institute, system of public administration of the Czech Republic and system of training of public administration officials in the Czech Republic. In the afternoon part the representace of Customs Office of the Czech Republic focused on the topic of cigarettes trafficking and afterwards participants were welcomed at the German embassy.
The morning session of the seminar’s second day was oriented on the fight against corruption. The representative of the Office of Government introduced in his speech the governmental strategy of the fight against corruption as well as provided international point of view on this topic. In the afternoon, there was scheduled excursion to Český rozhlas (public radio station), where participants had an oportunity to learn about history and presence of radio broadcasting. The excursion was followed by the presentation of Academy of Management and Communication representative, who introduced the evolution of media policy since 1989. The Institute also prepared a tour in the historical centre of Prague, which was appreciated by participants.
The following day the programme contained a visit to the Senate of Parliament of the Czech Republic, where the main point was the interesting debate with three senators. Participants also attended the area of Waldstein palace and neighbouring gardens. The afternoon was dedicated to above mentioned individual visits, which deal with the same or similar agenda as the particular participant. It was thus a welcome space for discussion, sharing experience and possible establishing or enhancing existing cooperation.
The final day of the seminar was started in the Czech-German Fund of Future with the introduction of its activities. Subsequently, the seminar was terminated with the evaluation, when colleagues from Germany and Austria appreciated the diversity of topics aswell as actual event’s organization.
All seminars‘ parts were accompanied by a rich discussion and particiapnt could gain interesting findings to particular topics and compare them withe situation in their home countries. The Institute intends to follow up such events also in future.
On 10th June representatives of the Institute had the opportunity to welcome Prof. Godfrey Pirotta, director of Institute of Public Administration & Management and ambassador of the Republic of Malta to the Czech Republic.
In the beginning of the meeting with prof. Pirotta, the director of the Institute Ms. Zdenka Procházková introduced our main activities. The following discussion was dealing with issues of the system of public administration officialsʹ training, the forthcoming act on officials and other topics related with the public administration in the Czech Republic and Malta.
Subsequently the delegation went to Benešov, where Mr. Pirotta had the opportunity to see the Institute’s training centre and the interesting discussion continued with a comparison of experience with the realization of training courses in both countries.
Athens, June 2014
The representative of Institute for Public Administration Prague participated in Greek Athens on the traditional DISPA meeting (The Network of Directors of Schools and Institutes of Public Administration), which was held in beginning of June 2014. This time its topic was Resilience as a Challenge for the Public Sector : The Public Administration Schools‘ and Institutes‘ Contribution.
After introductory speeches on the topic given by representatives of the hosting organization National Centre for Public Administration and Local Government (EKDDA), the programme continued with the session, in which representatives of the Czech Republic, Malta, Spain, Italy, Cyprus and Greece. The comment element is represented by changes and transformation processes in public administration realized in listed countries. Institutions usually react on this situation by intensifying its work while having reduced staff and limited financial resources.
During the meeting the workshop was held and it was focused on issues related with resilience. Participants were divided into groups and they were trying to specify what resilience means to them. Furthermore, this way of overcoming problems was illustrated on examples of current as well as historical private companies through case studies. Concluding the first day of the meeting, participants in four group stated three bad news that can appear in public administration and passed it to the next group, which was subsequently looking for appropriate solutions of these problems the other day.
At the end of meeting, Ms. Maria Damanaki, the European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, gave the speech and like a few previous speakers she stressed the necessity to do more work with less funds available. She also mentioned that big steps in big issues shall be undertaken while smaller in less important issues.
Prague, April 2014
In April, the delegation of high representatives of Vietnamese public adminitration visited the Prague premises of Institute for Public Administration.
The topic of the meeting was to introduce missions and activities of our Institute as well as the structure of public administration in the Czech Republic. The major part of visit was dedicated to the presentation of the system of training of public administration officials, which was subsequetly followed by the extensive discussions with many additional questions.
Benešov, December 2013
In cooperation with the organization Agora Central Europe, the visit of senior state officials from Georgia in the Institute’s Training Centre in Benešov was held in mid December. This meeting was an opportunity to present principles of the Institute’s operation and to introduce the system of officials training in the Czech Republic to Georgian guests. Presentation were accompanied by the extensive discussion, which illustrated a great interest of members of the delegation in the conception of the given topic in the Czech Republic.
Vilnius, October 2013
In the second half of October, the representative of the Institute participated on the meeting of directors of institutes and public administration schools in Vilnius (DISPA). This time the meeting’s topic was focused on leadership, ethics and motiviation.
In the first day’s morning session experience and training programmes of hosting Lithuanian Institute of Public administrations as well as those by colleagues from Greece, Sweden and Italy were presented. It results from their observations that the issue of ethics and corruption is topical all over Europe and training programmes are highly necessary and serve as a tool to mitigate the negative impacts.
The afternoon programme was focused on so called lean management and opportunities of its application to public administration. This approach was established in the private sector and is focused on the optimalization of processes. As it resulted from discussions in working groups, a prospective application of these principles would not be without troubles. Therefore, it would be necessary to overcome a possible mistrust and fears whether principles applied in the private sector can work in public administration. Furthermore, it is important to consider things in a broader context and entrust decision power to public administration experts and lower management levels too. It is also possible to support lean management principles by increasing awareness of this system and implementation to the actual operation of training institutions.
During the second day of the meeting, experience of colleagues from Italy, Ireland and European Commission, who had been analyzing motivation of public administration officials, were presented. Despite the differences in conditions, observations from projects show similarities. Among procedures that help to increase motivation and performance belong good leadership, adequate organization, efficient task assignment, providing creative working environment, keeping public administration values and employees engagement.
The final session was dedicated to further plans of DISPA network operation and to the concept of seminars of European Reciprocal Training Programme (ERT). The next DISPA meeting is going to take place in Athens in July 2014.
Prague, August 2013
Institute for Public Administration presents outputs of the international project that was realized in cooperation with colleagues from Germany, Poland and Portugal between 2011-2013 and the Institute had a coordination role.This project project holds the full title „Sharing Best Practices in Introducing and Teaching Ethics Principles to Public Administration Employees“ and was realized and financed within Lifelong Learning Programme under Leonardo da Vinci/Partnership Projects. Beside tha analysis of training in this area, it offers also a brief insight into systems of public administration and deals with the status of the legal background of ethical measures for public administration officials in project countries too. More deatiled information on the project you can also find on this link www.institutpraha.cz/activity/project .
The crucial project’s output is the research study, which we would like to offer you in following forms:
The electronic version in English you can find here.
The complete study in English including all annexes is also available in CD and in the printed form.
For more information about the project as well as how to gain the research study on CD or in the printed form please contact
telephone: +420 974 863 525
In May 2013, representatives of the Institute participated on the regular meeting of directors of schools and institutes of public administration that was hosted by Institute of Public Administration (IPA) in Dublin. The topic of this spring meeting was the European crisis and implications for the role of services of institutes and schools of public administration.
The set of presentations illustrated on the Irish example that in time of crisis a role of training institutions have been changing in order to be able to deliver the efficient and quality training with limited resources. This experience was confirmed by representatives of academic sphere as well as central authorities, who underlined a necessity of productive public administration, political responsibility and more active involvement of citizens.
That hard times in public administration do not represent only a burden and financial savings, but also a challenge for higher efficiency was also mentioned in a guest speech of the representative of the Greek public administration institute (EKDDA).
A part of the meeting was also dedicated to an interactive workshop where participants had an opportunity to discuss values in public administration. Representatives agreed that the efficient and competent public administration which follows ethical values is necessary. Simultaneously, the main aims should be satisfaction of citizens and understanding of their expectation and needs. These objectives shall be realized through activities of institutes and schools of public administration and their training programmes.
Benešov, Prague, Novemeber 2012
In the second half of November 2012 Institute for Public Administration Prague and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic were hosting three-day seminar within the Eastern Partnership/ Panel on Public Administration Reform focused on Local and Regional Government. In total, 26 participants from public administration authorities, academic branch and non-governmental organizations from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine participated on the training.
Presentation covered a wide range of topics such as system and analysis of the current state of Czech public administration, training of public administration officials in the Czech Republic, financial management of local self-governments in the Czech Republic, improving quality in public administration and benchmarking, policy of the Czech Republic towards Eastern partnership countries, Czech eGovernment in European context, fight against corruption in public administration, attitude of majority towards ethnic minorities in the Czech Republic. The set of lectures provided participants with a balanced insight to various aspects and challenges of the Czech public administration as well as European administrative topics.
All presentations were followed by vivid discussions and participants also prepared their national insights focusing on the situation regarding certain topics of the training. Within the programme, participants also had the opportunity get acquainted with agenda of Municipal office Benešov or activities of Institute for Public Administration Prague.
Prague, October 2012
Within their study tour through Central European countries, representatives of Korean Local Government Officials Development Institute visited the Institute’s training centre in Benešov in October. The initial presentation was focused on the introduction of our Institute and its core activities. It was followed by the presentation of the system of public administration in the Czech Republic as well as principles of training of public administration officials and the role of Institute in this process. Both lectures were appreciated by the participants and a broad range of topics such as international cooperation, course of exams or assessment of lecturers was discussed subsequently. During the discussion we also touched the issue of electronization of public administration, which is on a high level in Korea.
During the past months three visits of Chinese delegations were held when representatives of Shaanxi Academy of Governance/Shaanxi Provincinal Administration of Civil Service, Shanghai Administration Academy and Sichuan Administration Institute visited our Institute. These events follow the tradition of visits of Chinese training institutions representatives in the Czech Republic and they bring invaluable experience sharing. Beside the core framework of our Institute’s activities, we had an opportunity to present the system of public administration in the Czech Republic, principles of training of public administration officials and role of the Institute in this process. In all cases presentations were followed by extensive discussions and it was apparent that presented issues are interesting and useful for our guests and that despite a different system of training of public administration officials in China, they face similar problems.
The next meeting of our Ethics project consortium was held in Berlin in June. With the presence of colleagues from Germany, Poland and Portugal technical issues for a smooth run of our project were discussed in the opening part. Subsequently, the attention was focused on presentations on the issue of ethics in public administration from the European perspective especially focusing on the Code of Good Administrative Behaviour and OECD principles of ethics. Simultaneously, recently adopted Code of Ethics for civil servants in the Czech Republic and its provisions were presented as well.
In the final part of the meeting, Polish colleagues introduced a part of their research. Beside general facts about the system of public administration in Poland, KSAP training processes in public administration as well as specifically in ethics were described. The following presentation of principles set in the Polish Code of Ethics provided an interseting comparison with the Czech document. The subsequent insight was dedicated to differences between and education and training in ethics and related methods applied on the university level in Poland.
The following meeting will be held in Warsaw in October.
Prague, May 2012
On Tuesday 22nd May 2012, the seminar ”Civil Service in Changing Society“ was held in presentable environment of the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic. Together with the French Embassy in the Czech Republic and the Senate, Centre for Social and Economic Strategies of Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University (CESES), European Movement in the Czech Republic and Institute for Public Administration Prague participated on its organization. The seminar was devided into tow thematic sections. In the first section their perspectives on the current development presented the deputy minister of finance Mr. Zdeněk Zajíček, head of CESES Mr. Martin Potůček, director of Transparency Internationa Czech Republic Mr. David Ondráčka, vice-chairman of state administration section and French state councillor Mr. Marcel Pochard and director of Institute for Public Administration Prague Ms. Zdenka Procházková. In the second section the Deputy Minister of the Interior for Public Administration, Legislative Matters and Archiving Services Mr. Ondřej Veselský acquianted participants with the evolution of preparations of the new public administration officials legal act and related changes. His sppeech was followed by the chairman of Trade Unions Union of State Authorities and Organizations Mr. Jan Rovenský and the set of speeches was ended by Mr. Marcel Pochard.
Both sections were followed by the interesting discussion, where were involved representatives of various parts and divisions of public administration as well as professional public.
We would also like to inform you about the other upcoming seminar, which will be again prepared under auspices of the French ambassador. This time the seminar will be dedicated to the topic of direct presidential elections and it will be held on Thursday 21st June 2012. Further details and methods of enrollment will follow on our website www.institutpraha.cz.
Berlin, March 2012
With the participation of experts, who were conducting the research for the final comparative study, the meeting of partners within the project focused on the comparison of ethical standards in public administration, was held in premises of Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht in Berlin at the end of March 2012.
In the opening part, the German research stressing the structure of German public administration, human resources and training in public administration as well as legal materials defining ethical principles was presented. Subsequently, representatives of the Institute for Public Administration Prague introduced the latest version of the Czech part of the research report extended with a more detailed insight to the system of public administration, a general perspective on strengths and weaknesses of training in public administration and a presentation of basic considered changes at the transition on the prepared Act about officials and employees of public administration. It raised the discussion among partners about a suitable form of the research report, especially whether to focus only on descriptive parts or to involve analytical aspects as well.
A possible option of involvement of other foreign institutions was discussed in the following part. As the most appropriate form seems to be their involvement in later stages of the project, when apart from a thesis about the situation in the area of ethics in respective countries, they could also come with a commentary on produced materials and thus provide an interesting comparative perspective.
The project will be also promoted by partners by sharing project‘s information on their website and also by presenting the project at various conferences, seminars and other suitable opportunities.
Due to organizational reasons, the next meeting in June is going to be hosted again by Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht in Berlin.
The interesting end of programme was realized under the motto „When ethics fails completely“ by the visit of the former Berlin prison Hohenschönhausen, which was utilized by secret service in GDR times and now serves as a memorial and memento.
The Hague, February 2012
The coordination meeting of institutions, which participate at the realization of the European Reciprocal Training Programme (ERT), was held at the end of February 2012 in the premises of the Dutch Institute of Public Administration in the Hague.
Beside the presentation of recent changes in the institutions present, there was held a workshop in the morning part of the programme. Participants were trying to identify challenges and problematic aspects of the training in public administration and also to suggest concrete solutions. Frequently discussed topics were issues of the motiviation of public administration officials, efficient work with budget constraints or electronization of public administration.
The morning part was solely focused on ERT activities. The participants briefly introduced seminars, which were realized last year and programmes which are going to be realized this year were presented. These are mainly „The Spanish Public Administration and its European dimension“ (23th – 25th April 2012) and „Germany and Europe“ (24th- 27th September 2012). A possibility to host a similar meeting as the one held in December 2011 in cooperation with German BAKÖV was also suggested by the Institute’s representative. The most likely term would be in November or December 2012. Seminars should be then also promoted in advance by partner institutions.
Furthermore, the representative of Portuguese INA presented an idea to arrange a meeting in Portugal in September as a thematical follow-up of the May DISPA meeting, which topic is to be focused on efficient training with budget constraints. Subsequently, in the beginning of October 2012 the Dutch ROI in cooperation with Swedish KRUS is going to host a three day seminar about the Dutch best practice at reduction of administrative burden.
The ERT initiative will be also presented during the upcoming DISPA meeting. Simulatneously, the question to publicize ERT activities in a wider range was raised, because currently there is no ERT information platform available. A possible option is to include ERT information to the current DISPA communication interface wiki, which is operated by European School of Administration.
More information about upcoming seminars can be provided by Mr. Lukas Jirsa (email@example.com ; Tel.: +420 974 863 525)
From 12th to 16th December 2011, the Institute in cooperation with German Academy of Public Administration (BAKÖV) was hosting the international seminar focused on various aspects of public administration in the Czech Republic. The seminar was attended by representatives of German ministries and state authorities, who showed an interest to obtain more information about the current development in the Czech Republic. The study visit was realized within the terms of so called European reciprocal training programmes (ERT), i.e four days were dedicated to lectures and to visits to important political institutions and the part of programme was comprised the visit of a so called counterpart, when the participant visits an institution, which is in its range of activities similar to the one in which the respective official works and he/she leads an informal discussion with a representative of the counterpart institution about similarities and differencies of their work and agenda of authorities.
The first day of the seminar was initiated by the welcome speech of the director of Institute Ms. Zdenka Procházková. Her speech was followed by Mr. Ivo Bělonohý, who is secretary of Association of Secretaries of Municipal Offices of the Czech Republic. In his speech he introduced the system of public administration in the Czech Republic and presented current key topics and challenges in this area. After the presentation of core activities of the Institute given by Mr. Aleš Svoboda, the head of training department Mr. Michal Zídek focused his attention to the system of training of public administration in the Czech Republic and role of the Institute in this process. In the afternoon part of the programme, the excursion to the Office of Government of the Czech Republic was held and participants had the opportunity to see historical interiors of the Government’s premises and to get acquainted with a course and rules that meetings of government follow.
The following day the set of lectures continued with the presentation of the strategy of Czech foreign policy and concept of Government for a fight against corruption, in the afternoon the delegation was granted an audience at the German embassy. During the third day, there were presented issues of crisis management of the Czech Republic, migration from the Czech perspective and concept of transport policy of the Czech Republic. A very interesting point of the programme was the afternoon excursion to Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, where participants experienced the parliamentary session and they were presented an interesting lecture about the election system in the Czech Republic.
The last day of the joint programme involved presentations about the position of the Czech Republic with the respect to legal development of EU, a similar issue with focus on economic development of EU was discussed in the next presentation. It was followed by the presentation about circumstances and impacts of a possible adoption of single European currency in the Czech Republic. The set of lectures was finalized with a topic of Strategy Europe 2020 and the Czech Republic. The indispensable part of the programme were discussions, in which participants had an oportunity to raise additional questions and to compare better the situation in the Czech Republic and Germany in given topics.
The final day of the whole study visit was dedicated to above mentioned individual counterpart visits in institutions.
Despite the various professional focus of seminar participants, the Institute tried to select topics of presentations in order to provide them an insight to interesting facts in the development of the Czech public administration and outline current issues that the Czech Republic is dealing with.
Therefore, we believe that the study vistit was interesting and useful for participants. Positive reactions raised during the discussion at the end of seminar showed that it was really so. The Institute would therefore appreciate to host similar events in the future.
In the beginning of December 2011 , the Training centre of Institute for Public Administration Prague in Benešov was visited by representatives of Shanxi Provincial Administration Academy. The official welcome speech was followed by the first presentation, in which the core activities of Institute were introduced. The next presentation was focused on the system of training of officials in public administration in the Czech Republic and role of Institute in this process. The subsequent discussion declared a wide interest of the Chinese side in the Czech experience in this area.
In the beginning of December, the Institute hosted the kick off meeting of the international project, which is focused on a comparison of training of public administration officials in the area of ethics. In the meeting, there were introduced core activities of partner institutes, administrative aspects of the project and the current stage of the research already conducted by the coordinator.
The project is designed to last for two years and is being realized under Lifelong Learning Programme, within Leonardo da Vinci section. In this project, Institute acts as a coordinator, other members of project’s team are German Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin, Polish Krajowa Szkola Administracji Publicznej and Instituto Nacional de Administracao from Portugal.
Through common meetings in partner countries, a comparative study, which will consist of several parts, will be gradually developed. It will focus on a brief introduction of the public administration system in respective countries and on training in public administration in general. Furthermore, it will provide a more detailed overview and comparison in the area of training of public administration officials in ethics, it will analyze the definition of ethical principles and the project will also focus on the current content and legal form as well as comparison of ethics codes.
The conclusion of the project will not be just a comparison, but the project also aims to utilize the good practice of respective countries and come with a proposal of an ideal form of this issue.
The complete study will be available in the second half of 2013.
In the middle of October 2011 the regular meeting of directors of schools and institutes of public administration was held, this time in Warsaw.
In opening speeches participants were formally welcomed by the minister for public administration Mr.Slawomir Brodzinski and subsequently by the director of KSAP Mr. Jacek Czaputowicz, who introduced the hosting organization and main thesis within the core topic of the meeting which was leadership in changing public administration. In the following interesting presentation Mr. Luc Roullet from Y-motions company mentioned a necessity of training of talents within leadership area through the indispensable interaction and necessity to conduct same or more service (in extent and quality terms) for limited volume of financial resources in public administration, which is the idea that was pointed out by several speakers. His speech was followed by Mr. Massimo Gerli from Scuola Superiore della Publica Amministrazione, who presented Italian experience from the reform of public administration. The retiring director of Public Administration Academy (BAKÖV) Mr. Hans Kunsmann then presented training programmes for senior officials and managers, including changing requests and key values and competencies of leading employees. The reality of ongoing changes and related challenges for leaders was outlined from a more global perspective by the KSAP guest lecturer Ms. Malgorzata Steiner.
In the afternoon part, the programme was divided into working groups. The Institute’s (IPA) representative participated at the WG focused on ethical leadership that was chaired by Ms. Lärke Johns from Swedish Council for Strategic HR development (KRUS). Firstly, the Swedish project that concluded that key values for ethics in public administration were democracy, legality, objectivity and equality, transparency and freedom of expression, respect, efficiency and service, was presented. It resulted from the following discussion that although there are differences between the perception of ethics in the private and public sector, managers with their active attitude should play a key role in the ethics development in their work team. Simultaneously, ethics should serve as a leadership tool and respecting ethical principles should make the public administration more attractive in public eyes. Within the WG, the representative of Institute had an opportunity to present the project focused on the ethics in public administration, which is coordinated by the Institute for Public Administration Prague.
Outputs from other working groups were also interesting. The first section was focused on identification and development of a leadership talent. Although perspectives of interpretation of the term “leader” vary, such a person should have a natural talent for leading as well as to be an expert. However, it is necessary to develop a talent regularly and it should be ensured not only by special courses but also by learning in practice. The second WG was discussing a topic of leader as an actor of change. A right leader should frequently gather information, anticipate possible threats, develop a plan of changes but stay flexible. Furthermore, he/she should have negotiation, persuasion and communication skills, keep a positive approach, encourage potential in colleagues and initiate sharing of ideas. The last WG was dealing with the relation of leadership and human resources and they concluded that the HR area should create values and offer an active help for leaders.
The following section of the meeting was dedicated to the introduction of institutes and networks from EU neighbouring regions. There were successively presented Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe (NISPACee), which is the Institute a member of, Ukrainian National Academy of Public Administration and Regional School of Public Administration, operating in Western Balkans area. Furthermore, Mr. Bernard Boucault, director of French ENA mentioned recent activities of his academy and importance of Strasbourg Manifesto and Mr. Stefano Pizzicannella presented outputs of the recent IASIA conference (International Association of Administrative Schools and Institutes).
The next DISPA meeting will be held on 10th-11th May 2012 in Copenhagen and its topic is going to be realization of innovation in public administration.
Within their study tour to Europe, on 19th-21st October 2011 the visit of Chinese delegation in the Czech Republic took place. It was held in cooperation with the Germany dbb akademie and Association for International Cooperation (GIZ), which processed the journey. The delegation mainly consisted of top executives of financial authorities from various Chinese provinces. The programme of the study was adjusted to this fact.
After the welcome speech in representation premises of Ministry of Education,Youth and Sport given by vice-director of the Institute Ms.Šilhová and a brief description of core activities conducted by Institute, the presentation given by Mr.Čechák (The University of Finance and Administration) about the system of public administration in the Czech Republic and methods of its financing.
On the second day, the programme was dedicated to visits of ministries. At the Ministry of Finance the course of transformation process and related impacts on Czech economics was introduced and in the second lecture, the national coordinator for Euro implementation Mr. Dědek presented pros and cons and impacts of the implementation of single currency for the Czech Republic. During the afternoon’s part of the programme the utilization of EU funds was discussed at the Ministry for Regional Development.
The final day of the official part of the study visit in the Czech Republic was held in the Institute’s training centre in Benešov. In his presentation the first vice-director Mr.Ernýgr introduced financial aspects of the Institute’s operation. His speech was followed up by Mr. Zídek (Head of Training Department), who presented a system of officials training and role of the Institute in this process. In the second presentation he focused on training of senior officials. The programme was finished with the showcase of the Institute’s eLearning platform.
Each presentation during the visit was accompanied by frequent queries by members of Chinese delegation. Therefore, we believe that the study visit to the Czech Republic was beneficial for them and that they obtained a lot of interesting and useful information for their work.
We would also like to use this opportunity and thank the colleagues from Germany as well as representatives of concerned ministries for cooperation and helpfulness during the provision of the visit.
In the middle of October 2011, Institute hosted within their study tour the delegation consisted of representatives of Serbian Ministry of Human Rights and Rights of Minorities and Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities.
After the welcome speech given by the direcrtor of Institute and a short introduction to Institute’s activities, the lecture about the system of training in public administration and role of the Institute was presented. Members of the delegation were also introcuded the system of accreditations. In the afternoon’s part of the visit, the facility of Institute training centre in Benešov was presented and it was followed by introduction of the Institute’s eLearning platform.
Due to frequent queries to each discussed topic we believe that members of Serbian delegation obtained interesting and useful information for their work.
On 19th-20th May 2011 the regular meeting of directors of institutes and schools of public administration, which was focused on new challenges in public administration training strategies, took place in Budapest.
In the opening speech, participants were welcomed by Mr. Levente András Gál, state secretary for public administration. The actual meeting was opened by Mr. Norbert Kis, Director General of Hungarian National Institute of Public Administration. In the first part of his speech, he presented his institute and mentioned the greatest difficulties and obstacles in Hungarian training system. Afterwards, he focused on the main topic of the meeting and he pointed out the importance of efficiency process, meeting requests and expectations of officials and increasing importance of public administration’s electronization.
Due to the fact that DISPA meeting always takes place in the country that has the current presidency in Council of the EU and co-operates with forthcoming presiding countries, the speech of Mr. Kis was followed by presentations of representatives of Poland (Mr. Jacek Czaputowicz, director of National School of Public Administration), Cyprus (Ms. Eleni Gereoudakis, director of Cyprus Academy of Public Administration) and Denmark (Nikolaj Lubanski, director of Danish School of Public Administration). The identification of weak spots of Polish public administration was a valuable aspect of Mr. Czaputowicz’s speech and he also raised the question, whether public administration should be unified across Europe or each country should prefer its own approach. The Cypriot representative also mentioned problem issues of local public administration and briefly introduced a project focused on strategic leadership and managers development of Cypriot public administration. Similarly, the Danish delegate talked about a plan and necessity of public administration reforms.
Subsequently, the agenda of the meeting continued in working groups. The representative of ILA participated in the working group focused on effective transfer of learning in public administration. Prevailing general thoughts initiated the debate to what extent the attitude and used training methods influence its quality. Members of the working group concluded that used methods are often more important for effectiveness of learning than the actual content and the motivation of participants to be trained is a crucial aspect. Therefore, it is important to obtain feedback by participants not only from evaluation forms but also for instance by direct telephone dialogues and prepare courses according to their expectations. Outputs from other sections were also interesting. First working group was focused on state of art methods in training and related changes of participants expectations. A similar topic was also discussed in another working group. There was stressed the increasing importance of so called soft skills, which on the contrary should not be privileged to real factual knowledge. Within the training in public administration there is also apparent an increase of case studies. The third working group discussed programmes on the EU level. Based on incentives of member of this group, a simplified SWOT analysis was prepared. It shows that the realization of joint projects brings an opportunity of transfer of best practice and creating new network, however faces a lack of funds and different ideas of particular members.
Furthermore, one of essential DISPA documents so called Strasbourg Manifesto was discussed and it was also mentioned in the speech of director of French ENA Mr. Bernard Boucault. During the meeting a slightly modified version of Manifesto, which should stress mutual cooperation of DISPA members, was proposed. This discussion was followed by the presentation of the INCREASE project presented by Belgian representatives and focused on sharing evaluation experience.
The programme then continued with speeches of Mr.David Walker (Director of European Administrative School) and Ms.Marga Pröhl (Director of European Institute of Public Administration). They highlighted the need of the appropriate DISPA website and efficient communication between members.
The meeting was closed with the invitation of Mr. Czaputowicz for the following DISPA meeting, which will take place this year in autumn in Warsaw.
LEONARDO DA VINCI TRANSFER OF INNOVATION PROJECT 2009 - 2011
Transfer of Innovation in Methodologies for European Officials: Follow up a joint learning path CZ/09/LLP-LdV/TOI/134011
On Tuesday 29th March 2011, the final national seminar was held to conclude the actual realization phase of the international project „Transfer of Innovation in Methodologies for European Officials: Follow up a joint learning path“, which has been conducted under Lifelong Learning Programme, namely the subprogramme Leonardo da Vinci. Members of the realization team, experts who were contributing on the creation of training modules as well as representatives of public administration participated at the seminar.
The opening speech was held by deputy vice-director Ms. Zdeňka Šilhová. She briefly introduced and evaluated the course of the project. She was followed by the head of International relations, marketing and strategies department Mr. Aleš Svoboda, who thoroughly presented motives for the project’s realization, a link with the previous project and a detailed description of the realization phase development. He also mentioned the successful process of pilot courses in face to face as well as eLearning form.
Furthermore, Mr. Ivo Bělonohý, secretary of Association of Secretaries of Municipal Offices of the Czech Republic, presented his experience with the project’s involvement because the Association as a subject that Institute has had a long term cooperation with, was interested in the project from the beginning and will have outputs of the project to the disposal.
The second part of the seminar consisted of the introduction of particular modules by their co-authors. Mr. Tomáš Weiss presented the module „Border Control in the Schengen Area“, and he was followed by Mr. Václav Melichar introducing „Processes of Crisis Management with All-European Impact“. The morning session was terminated by Mr. Milan Cikánek, who presented the topic of „International Protection within the EU: Current Developments of the Right of Asylum“.
The afternoon part was dedicated to „Active Inclusion of Migrant Women" presented by Ms. Lenka Hronová and afterwards Ms. Jitka Lázničková introduced the module „Keeping up with the Pulse of Integration of Migrant Women and Minors”
Presentation raised a great interest among participants and each speech was followed by many questions. Therefore, we believe that such an interest will continue because the modules will be soon available also on CDs and there is a highly likely possibility that after their extension and update they will be included to the training courses portfolio of the Institute after a certain time.
On Tuesday 15th March the visit of Bavarian delegation was held in the training centre of Institute in Benešov. The visit was prepared in cooperation with the Consulate General in Munich and under the auspice of Bavarian State Chancellory. Members of the delegation were Bavarian officials involved in a long-term training programme, which they are prepared for management positions in public administration within.
The programme for the delagation was composed of a presentation of the training centre and subsequently five presentations reflecting various topics of public life.
The first presentation was a speech of Ms. Veronika Hunt Šafránková (Head of the Department of the EU and Environmnetal Policies, Ministry of Environment) dedicated to the environmental policy of the Czech Republic. Her speech was followed by presentations of Ms. Jana Chvalkovská (Institute of Economic Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University) focused on the position of the Czech Republic with the respect of economic-financial development of the EU as well as legal development of the EU.
After the lunch break, the presentation by the Institute’s employee Mr. Václav Melichar was held. In his speech he briefly presented the system of public administration and he described principles of the training of public administration officials in the Czech Republic. In the final presentation, Mr. Martin Janeček (Ministerial Counsellor from Ministry of Transport) introduced the transport policy of the Czech Republic and he also outlined its future concept.
All presentations were perceived very positively and raised many question. Due to the successful course of presentations and mutual positive impression from the visit, there is an option of posssible future cooperation.
Visit of Vietnamese delegation
On Friday 17th December, a delegation from Hochiminh National Academy of Politics and Public Administration visited the Training Centre of Institute for Local Administration.
After a short introduction describing principles of functioning, the main presentation regarding the system of training of officials in the Czech Republic followed. It was very interesting for our Vietnamese guests, although there are big differencies between both countries in this field. The training rooms of the training centre had also been presented to representatives of the delgation and they appreciated their convenient environment and state of art equipment.
Visit of Chinese delegation
On Monday 13th December, representatives of Chinese Administration Academy of Province Hubei visited the Training Centre of Institute for Public Administration. The meeting, which has already become tradtional, was prepared in the collaboration with the Aozhong Society for Cultural and Training Austrian-Chinese Exchange.
Representatives of the Institute described the basic processes of operation of our organization. Afterwards, the main topic of the system of training of officials in the Institute was presented. Although there are apparent differencies between both countries, both sides found a number of similarities so it was possible to deal with concrete aspects of training of officials in both countries and help mutually at discussing common disputable questions, whic appear in this field.
Visit of Georgian Delegation in Institute
On 7th December Institute for Public Administration hosted in its Prague headquarters the delegation of prime representatives of Georgian public administration.
The main topic of the meeting was the presentation of the Institute and the way of training of territorial self-governing units officials in the Czech Republic. After the presentation and sharing information it was apparent, that the visit was benficial for both sides although just a few common aspects in the system of training of officials in the Czech Republic and Georgia can be found.
Face to face pilot courses in the project Transfer of Innovation on Methodologies for European Officials
In the end of October and beginning of November, Institute for Local Administration Prague organized face to face pilot courses of the project Transfer of Innovation on Methodologies for European Officials, which is being realized within the Lifelong Learning Programme, subprogramme Leonardo da Vinci.
Respective pilot courses held the titles Basic elements for managing European social crisis with transnational impact, Active Inclusion of Migrant Women, Border control in the Schengen Area, Keeping up with the Pulse of Integration of Migrant Women and Minors, International protection within the EU: current developments of the right of asylum. These courses were lectured by experts from universities as well as experts who deal with the respective issues on the practical daily basis level. Quite a broad range of participants involving experts as well as people who do not face the topic in their occupation so often attended the courses. This contributed to a diversity of the seminar, which did not involve just a pure theoretical insight but also interactive tasks and discussion. Despite such a diverse audience, the courses received quite a positive feedback and we obtained invaluable remarks in which areas the training modules should be modified or ammended. For those who cannot participate on the face to face courses or those who would like to join repeatedly, the Institute intends to launch eLearning versions of the training modules. For more information please contact Mr. Lukas Jirsa at firstname.lastname@example.org or via telephone +420 974 863 525.
Presentation at Prestigious Conference in Berlin
On 13th-15th September the regular and renowned annual conference Xinnovations 2010 was held in Berlin. This conference is widely visited by prime pundits of IT technologies from the whole Germany.
Based on the invitation of organizers, the representative of Institution for Public Administration Prague, Mr. Václav Melichar, had the unique opportunity to present the current situation in eGovernment in the Czech Republic. His paper was warmly welcomed by participants and stimulated the following discussion regarding the improvement of eGovernmnent in the Czech Republic as well as Germany and worldwide. Participants really appreciated the improvement the Czech Ministry of Interior has managed to reach in quite a short period thanks to projects of CzechPOINT and DataBoxes. The appreciation by present representatives of public administration bodies, universities and IT companies was also dedicated to the training in eGovernment provided by Institute for Local Administration Prague.
The presented insight helped to rise awareness and interest in the Czech Republic from the eGovernment point of view among German experts.
International project TIME OFF development
Institute for Local Administration Prague is a coordinator of the project „Transfer of Innovation in Methodologies for European Officials : Follow up a joint learning path CZ/09/LLP-LdV/TOI/134011“, which is a continuation of the project „Identification and Validation of Competencies of European Officials – the Road to a Joint Training“ and has been realized in Lifelong Learning Programme, particularly in Leonardo da Vinci programme, where it belongs under Multilateral projects / Transfer of Innovations. The project partnership consists of training institutions from Bulgaria, Italy, Portugal and the Czech Republic as a coordinator. With utilization of methodology created in the previous project particular modules will be updated (focused on free movement of persons, right of asylum and social crises) and some are to be newly created (issues of active inclusion and integration of vulnerable groups).
Currently, the process of finalization of modules content is in progress and we prepare free of charge face to face pilot versions of courses for listed training modules. Pilot versions are going to be presented in Czech language and are designed to last for one day. Courses will be realized during October and November 2010.
Pilot versions of distance learning will be scheduled for January-February 2011.
For more detailed information please see the project’s website www.europeanofficial.eu
Extension of Institute’s Responsibilities
Since 1st May 2010 Institute for Local Administration Prague has been entitled by the decision of Ministry of Interior to overtake and conduct selected responsibilities from Institute of State Administration. This situation means for us an extension of our target group because we were assigned to realize the training of officials in state administration, not only officials of territorial self-government units - regions and municipalties as we have been doing so far.
Among others such an extension brings us further opportunities. In case of your interest to realize common activities and projects in the area of training of officials in state administration, please do not hesitate to contact our International Relations, Marketing and Strategies Department.
Representatives of the Institute Successfully Presented the Results and Process of Implementation of eGovernment on Important Event in Berlin
On 17th-18th February 2010 representatives of Institute for Local Administration Prague actively participated on a traditional and important conference regarding eGovernment - 16. Anwenderforum eGovernment (Forum of eGovernment Users) in Berlin, Germany. This conference provides a platform for exchange of experience and presentation of news in the given area for both public administration authorities as well as private subjects. The conference, which was hosted and held under patronage of Interior and Sport Department of Senate and State of Brandenburg, took place in Press and Information Centre of German Federal Government and representatives of most important organizations of German public administration of state and federal level participated on this event.
The representative of our Institute Mr. Václav Melichar, as the only international speaker, presented an extensive paper regarding Aspects of eGovernment in the Czech Republic and his presentation raised a huge attention and acceptance. In his paper he was dealing with assignments and responsibilities of Institute for Local Administration Prague within the implementation of eGovernment in the Czech Republic and simultaneously he provided an overview of eGovernment projects realized in the Czech Republic by Ministry of Interior. The presentation was interrupted by spontaneous applause several times. Especially, the idea and realization of CzechPOINT and Data Boxes projects recorded a great respect.
In general, the presence and the presentation of representatives of Institute for Local Administration Prague were perceived by German participants as very interesting and beneficial and attracted attention to eGovernment issues in the Czech Republic.
ERT Seminar – Germany and Europe
Mid June 2009, representatives of Institute for Public Administration Prague (IPA) took part in European Reciprocal Training seminar „Germany and Europe“, which was organized by Federal Ministry of Interior of Germany and Bundesakademie für Öffentliche Verwaltung. The seminar took place in cities of Berlin and Munich. Its objective was to present the German public administration system including link of German administration to European union to participants from various European countries (apart from the Czech Republic also Italy, Austria, Romania, Spain and Sweden).
The first day, representatives of IPA visited the Federal Ministry of Interior, where the German constitutional system was presented. The programme continued at the European Commisssion (EC) in Germany site and participants obtained a general awareness about the scope of activitities towards the EC. It was followed by excursion to the Bundesrat, which is the body representing federal states (so called Bundesländer) on the federal level, and the lecture about its position and role on the European level. The last point was Bundestag (German parliament), in which the activity was European committee was introduced.
The second day programme started with the presentation of attitude of Ministry of Economics and Technology to the European policy. The similar topic had the discussion at Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
A very important milestone was the afternoon informal visit of Brandenburger Kommunalakademie in Potsdam, which organizers selected as a possible partner for cooperation with IPA. Both institutions presented each other and described a system and matters of training of officials in Brandenburg and the Czech Republic and a potential future cooperation was initiated.
The third day programme was launched in Federal Ministry of Interior with the lecture about specific elements of life in Germany 19 years of reunification The speaker was comparing the current situation with political and social-economic aspects of former GDR.
This was followed by a lecture at the Federal Chancellery about its role in German politics and subsequent guided tour. In the afternoon section, participants had an opportunity to take part on a guided tour through Berlin city centre focused on the history of Berlin wall. After that programme continued with guided tour in Bundestag, which has been recently restored. Its modern dome enables to see down on the MP’s meeting as well as the whole panorama of Berlin.
The final two days were realized in Munich. Among others, participants visited Bavarian State parliament, where were described prinicipals of operation this institution, its position within federal order of Germany and role of Bavaria in Germany. The very last point of the programme was a visit at European Patent Office, one of significant institutions, which has its premises in Germany.
The seminar’s organizers managed to ensure a lot of interesting lectures in German public administration institutions, it fulfilled its purpose and meant a great contribution for the work of all participants. Moreover, representatives of ILA managed to pre-negotiate a future coopeartion with Brandenburgische Kommunalakademie and Romanian Institute of National Administration. The German organizer expressed their view that it would be benefitial to host such a seminar in the Czech Republic soon. Also from this point of view, this business trip was useful for ILA representatives as they had an opportunity to acknowledge in more detail a typical content and structure of these seminars as well as manners of their organization.
ENTO General Assembly and Conference “Networking for Training”
The French city of Strasbourg hosted on 9th- 10th November 2009 the General Assembly of ENTO (European Network of Training Organisations for Local and Regional Authorities) and the related conference dealing with “Networking for Training” topic.
The conference was introduced by the President of ENTO Mr. Raffaele Gareri and President of Chamber of Regions of Council of Europe and Head of Local and Regional Representatives of Council of Europe Ms. Ludmila Sfirloaga. Afterwards, the representative of German Euro Institute from Kehl presented procedures of successful management of the network of training organizations. His presentation was followed by a paper of representative of Kehl University about master programmes dedicated to European public management. The section was closed by a paper of French Institute of Training for Elected Representatives (IFE) about project calls. Finally, the director of Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administrations in Central and Eastern Europe (NISPACee) Ms. Ludmila Gajdošová presented this network and possibilities of ENTO and NISPACee cooperation were discussed.
The second day, the ENTO General Assembly took place and it was focused on future heading of the network. In the beginning, the new president highlighted the participation of present representatives because at this year’s meeting, there were significantly less participants than at previous one in Italy. He also appreciated the contribution of former president Ms.Chris Cardy and on behalf of the whole Bureau he awarded her the honourary membership. This act was followed by the approval process of conclusion from the last Bureau meeting. The great discussion was raised about the financial report because despite the minimalization of the support by Council of Europe, the outlook for 2010 seems to be very optimistic and it is necessary to reduce expenditures, e.g in publishing area.
With the interruption of support by council of Europe is related the need to set the secretariat of ENTO and it is highly likely to realize the option of cooperation of Euro Instiute Kehl with Europa Networking, which increases ENTO costs for 20,000 EUR.
In spite of expectations, there was not decided a date and venue of the next regular meeting and conference. The only candidate was the Georgian organization and there is doubt among members because of political and security stability of the region. Also from these reasons some participants stressed like at the previous extraordinary meeting in February 2009 the possibility to host the meeting in Prague. Representatives of Institute for Public Administration Prague expressed the interest to host such an event in future years, but hosting the conference the meeting and conference in 2010 does not seem to be very realistic now.
ENTO Extraordinary General Assembly
The Assembly was designed as the one day meeting and members from 18 organizations participated there.
Chris Cardy, president of ENTO, made the welcome speech and acquainted attendants with the draft agenda. The next speaker, Ulrich Bohner (Secretary General, Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe) stressed the essential points regarding activities of ENTO. The crucial questions and problems which had to be clarified in this Assembly were following:
who is the member of ENTO (approval process of new members)
insufficiencies in ENTO Statutes what is the added value for Council of Europe and ENTO members cooperation on projects At the end of his speech he remarked the way and amount of financial contribution to ENTO from the Council of Europe. After this speech the discussion and negotiation about ENTO Statutes carried out. The way of approval of new members, level of member fees, suitable number of bureau members was discussed and set up. A form and way of the election of ENTO Bureau belonged to the key issue of this meeting. Following the discussion, a model of direct election of president and indirect of Bureau members was elected. As the last issue of this session the venue and topics of the next ENTO General Assembly were discussed. Based on the outputs from this Extraordinary General Assembly ENTO Statutes will be modified and set up.