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The Economic and Social Parameters of the National Public Administrations in the Context of EU Integration

The process of European integration has been a key driver of change in member states’ public administrations. This four-day training module aims at addressing this issue from both a practical and theoretical angle.



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The process of European integration has been a key driver of change in member states’ public administrations. This four-day training module aims at addressing this issue from both a practical and theoretical angle. The module will provide insights on how EU integration has shaped change in public administrations, what the present and future challenges are, what the impact of EU integration on member states’ and candidate countries’ public administrations.


The objective of the course is twofold:

  • To provide the participants with the analytical tools to critically understand the theoretical framework within which public administration has evolved in the context of EU integration;
  • To expose the participants to the latest issues and challenges in public administration development through lectures and interactive exercises.


The module will be built around 5 key themes:

Theme 1: Parameters of EU integration: actors, treaties, policies
This introductory segment provides the participants with the relevant background to the programme. The focus will be on the main mechanisms and processes that have characterised the European integration project ever since its inception in the 1950s. As such, it addresses major treaties, key institutional players and enlargement rounds.

Theme 2: Monitoring member state compliance (Lisbon Process, Europe 2020)
In the framework of the Lisbon Process and Europe 2020, this session will highlight the main processes through which the EU monitors compliance in Member States. Particular attention will be paid, among others, to the difference between hard and soft law and the Open Method of Coordination.

Theme 3: EU economic governance and its effects on member state administrations
How has the EU economic governance been affecting public administrations in the member states? This segment will provide an answer to this question by analysing the impact of key EU institutions and policies on member states public administrations (including SEM, Competition and State Aid, External Trade and EMU).

Theme 4: Multilevel governance, partnership principle and stakeholders engagement
Throughout this session, the relationship between EU multi-level governance system and the implementation of policies at a state level will be addressed. A key component of the session will be the analysis of the partnership principle and the involvement of regional and local authorities as well as socio-economic partners in the policy implementation process.

Theme 5: EC monitoring in candidate countries
The EU has been affecting domestic reform in candidate countries through imposing on them conditions in order to join the EU. A key component for conditionality to be successful appears to be the monitoring mechanisms put in place by the EC. This last theme will look at this issue from a candidate country perspective and will assess the impact on EC monitoring on candidate countries in developing their public administrations.


Target group

21 to 27 senior civil servants, mostly drawn from Ministries of Economy and Regional Development and Ministry for PA.

Workshop trainers

Dr Simona Milio is Academic Director of the Social and Cohesion Policy Unit. She has a PhD in European Political Economy and 10 years expertise in Structural Funds evaluation and cohesion policy implementation and has been worked extensively with the European Union as well as regional, and national governments. Simona is currently leading the LSE team on the project “Evaluation of the main achievements of Cohesion Policy programmes and projects over the longer term in 15 selected regions (from 1989-1993 programming period to the present)". The latest projects she has managed are: a Study on The impact of the Single Market on Cohesion: Implications for Cohesion Policy, Growth and Competitiveness (DG Regio); the Ex Post Evaluation of the European Social Funds 2000-2006 (DG Employment). Past projects includes: Study on the evolution of Cohesion Policy and capacity building in Italy (Ministry of Economic Development, Italy); Mid term evaluation of the Italian Community Support Framework 2000-2006 (Ministry of Economic Development, Italy). She has successfully published in highly regarded international journals such as Regional Studies and West European Politics. Her recent monograph (From Policy to implementation in the European Union: The challenge of multilevel governance system, September 2010 by I.B.Tauris), explores potential reasons for deficiencies in cohesion policy implementation across the European Union, using a wide range of member state case studies. She has recently co-edited a book for Palgrave on EU Budget Reform and Institutional Change which looks at two main streams of the budget negotiation: policy and politics. She has extensive teaching experience both at undergraduate, postgraduate and professional level. She has designed and delivered different modules on EU policy for Public Administrations across Italy. She currently teaches a course at LSE on European Political Economy and LSE 100, “Understanding the causes of things”.

Dr Andreas Staab is the founder and Managing Director of EPIC – the European Policy Information Centre; a London based consultancy and training agency on the EU, as well as a former Lecturer in European Integration at the LSE. As part of his work for EPIC, Andreas has worked extensively in EU candidate and accession countries: in Cyprus, as part of the British Council’s EU series, he implemented over 30 seminars and conferences and trained over 2500 officials (government representatives, supreme court officials, business leaders, as well as NGOs) both in the Republic as well as in northern Cyprus, in a programme that spanned seven years. In Macedonia, he worked extensively with a group of high ranking governmental officials. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, Dr Staab leads a team of consultants to implement a rural development strategy at state, entity and local level. In Croatia, Andreas has been training junior dilomats as part of EPIC’s annual summer school which is now in its eighth year. He is also a regular consultant for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration.

Outside of his work in central and eastern Europe, Andreas is an adjunct professor for both the Executive Masters programme in International Logistics at the Georgia Institute of Technology, as well as for Vern University of Applied Science in Zagreb. He also teaches at the London programmes of several US colleges and universities including St. Lawrence, Delaware, Florida State and Colgate. He is the author of several books and articles on the European Union, most notably a text book entitled “The European Union Explained: Institutions, Actors, Global Impact”. Andreas holds a PhD in Government from the LSE. 

Ms Ivana Novoselec is a senior expert at Razbor, a Zagreb based regional development and EU funding consultancy. She has worked for ten years on institution-building programmes and projects as well as EU pre-accession-fund management. She holds an MPhil degree in European Studies from University of Cambridge. She began her career in pre-accession funding and regional development within the Croatian state administration, in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration and moved on to the consultancy sector after acquiring a thorough understanding EU accession process, in particular the funding instruments and the institutional requirements required for the successful absorption of the funds. She worked on a number of projects related to establishment of the institutional set-up for the implementation of the Pre-accession and Structural Funds in the region, such as: “Support to the implementation of the management of EU funds under a Decentralised Implementation System in the Republic of Serbia" (IPA), “Strengthening the management and control systems for EU financial assistance in Montenegro" (IPA), Phare 2006 "Project Pipeline Preparation for IPA/Structural Funds in Croatia", CARDS 2006: "Serbia Interregional Cooperation Support Programme in Serbia" etc. Her expertise is focused on Pre-Accession and Structural Funds management and institution building in relation to the funds management, as well as regional policy (particularly cross-border cooperation) and she is an experienced trainer in project cycle management and related topics.


The training programme is designed based on an understanding of the critical place of a multi-pronged approach to teaching and learning as the most effective means of ensuring active engagement and deep learning among participants both inside and outside the classroom. With this in mind variety both in terms of range, pace and structure of activities lies at the heart of the approach to course design and classroom management as well as the underlying recognition that each participant must be proactively involved in his/her own learning and development. Thus in addition to enabling participants to learn from the in-depth knowledge and experience of key expert teachers and guest policy practitioners, multiple opportunities will be provided for small group and individual work to enable participants to benefit from a more interactive, participatory mode of teaching and learning.

Classroom discussions, short assessments in the form of quiz and debates, among others, will be employed in order to make sure that the impact of the teaching sessions is maximised. To ensure that the participants make the most out of the module, we are able to provide in advance customised course-packs to ensure that the participants familiarise in advance with the topics of the trainings.

Roughly, a 50:50 ratio of lectures versus proactive learning exercises will be proposed for every session.

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