European Public Sector Awards 0 (0)

The Ministry of the Interior, issued a circular on March 5, 2021, informing that the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) and its institutional partners have announced the launch of applications for the European Public Sector Awards 2021 (EPSA - European Public Sector Awards). EPSA is the only pan-European award system for public sector actors at all levels of government. Since the establishment of EIPA in 2009, EPSA has been held every two years.

This year, EPSA 2021 is supported by eight European public sector partners representing different levels of government: Austria, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, the Province of Limburg, the City of Maastricht, and European Union via it's Structural Reform Support Service (SRSS). As public administration continues to meet the complex and multidimensional challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, public service delivery must experiment and adopt transparent, inclusive, innovative, and sustainable solutions.

The categories of EPSA 2021 topics are:

Digital Public Administration

Green Public Administration

Innovative Public Administration

Applications are welcomed from all public sector organizations, various levels of government, and the EU Member States. Public sector enterprises and agencies are also eligible to submit their projects.

EIPA believes that efforts to plan and deliver public


Government After Shock – an experiment in global, collective learning 0 (0)

The OECD event entitled "Government after Shock," which took place on 17 and 18 November 2020, was organized to trigger critical thinking on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The objective of this event was to guide governments and society towards a better future, operating differently. That way, they can escape from the situation they were in before the pandemic.

The November 17 event consisted of more than 65 local and thematic discussions, attended by more than 5,500 citizens, professionals, heads of government, and others involved. On November 18, a global forum was held, with heads of government and other professionals who discussed the global impact of the crisis and explored the various paths emerging as we emerge from it.

The enthusiastic participation of people from all over the world in the "Government after Shock" event showed that people care and see this time as a turning point for governments and society. The knowledge gained from this event aims to give impetus to changes based on the lessons learned from the crisis, summarized in the following points:

  • Faced with the crisis, Governments can work efficiently and function beyond the status quo.
  • They can

Innovation Development Guide: 6 steps to introduce a public organization to the innovation cycle 0 (0)

Developing a culture of innovation in any organization, even in a public organization, is an ongoing, complex, and cyclical process that requires the application of a series of steps, methodologies, and tools to be efficient.

The Department of Innovation and Best Practices of the General Secretariat for Human Resources is designing an electronic tool, the Innovation Development Guide. It will help public sector executives identify critical points in the innovation cycle and create the conditions that will promote innovation in their organization in a systematic and documented way.

The purpose of the Guide is to introduce innovation in every public organization, either at the level of strategic planning or the level of projects and actions, recognizing basic concepts and principles such as exploration, search for ideas, experimentation, pilot application, etc.

We believe that innovation is a permanent mechanism of the administrative redesign, a continuous process, which starts from the stage of problem definition and gradually results in improvement.

In the Innovation Development Guide, we take into account the data the department has managed, through the innovations we have received and processed in the Innovation Observatory, the Innovation Barometer, feedback from the Innovation Network, and the conclusions


Workshop on the facets of innovation: What do the executives of the Greek public administration think about the management of innovation in their organization? 0 (0)

On the occasion of the online conference organized by the Department of Innovation and Best Practices of the Ministry of Interior on November 17, 2020, for innovation in the public sector and the search for the next day after the Covid-19 pandemic, we had the opportunity to hold a workshop for innovation strategic planning, with the participation of Greek public administration executives.

How we designed the workshop

The workshop had three sections and was interactive to enable participants to get a glimpse of the OECD model of public sector innovation facets, to understand the model through examples from the Greek public administration, and to tell us their impressions of innovation management in their organization.

More specifically:

  • In the first part, using the OECD model of innovation facets, we presented the importance of having an integrated portfolio of innovation management in public organizations. We developed management theory through the model, the four aspects of innovation, and what it means to properly manage an innovation portfolio. For this section, we warmly thank the OECD staff for their support and the material they provided.
  • In the second part, we presented five innovation practices by the Greek public administration, which public organizations submitted

Ministry of Interior Conferance Conclusions
“Innovation Management and
managing the Covid – 19 crisis” 0 (0)

On November 17, 2020, the Ministry of Interior, organized a conference on innovation management and managing of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis as well as the actions we are looking for the next day. The conference was completed with a great deal of participation and remarkable conclusions, lasted 3 hours and 45 minutes and was attended by 418 people, who participated from the beginning to its completion.

Mrs. Paraskevi Charalambogianni, Secretary-General of Human Resources of the Public Sector

Mrs. Paraskevi Charalambogianni, Secretary-General of Human Resources of the Public Sector, opened the Conference works.  She coordinated the event introducing the Minister of Interior, Mr. Takis Theodorikakos and the speakers of the round table. Watch here the introduction and the speech of the Minister of Interior.

Minister of Interior, Mr. Takis Theodorikakos

The Minister of Interior presented the Ministry's actions regarding human resources management in the public sector during the crisis, whose innovative features consist, among other things, of teleworking, alternative working hours, protection forms of vulnerable social groups and supporting policies of the Greek family. In this context, the local government has emerged as a pillar of social cohesion and solidarity, with innovative actions to utilize its human resources and

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