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International Conference "Mobilizing Public Sector Expertise for EU Development Cooperation"

International Conference

Mobilizing Public Sector Expertise for EU Development Cooperation

 

4 February 2020

Venue: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania, J. Tumo-Vaižganto str. 2, Vilnius

 

Aim of the Conference: One of the objectives of the European Union (EU) development cooperation policy is to contribute to economic and social development in developing countries, integrating them into the world economy and simultaneously to promote the dissemination of democracy, rule of law and respect for human rights. The EU Member States (MS) having one of the highest degrees of government effectiveness has a comparative advantage as a provider of Public Sector Expertise (PSE). The Conference aims at raising awareness of the importance of PSE in the EU existing development cooperation instruments (Twinning, Taiex, grants, Sigma, delegated cooperation, joint programming) and national bilateral development cooperation programmes for PSE to be involved. The Conference targets at sharing experiences on different organizational set-up and legal basis in the EU 15 Member States (MS) and MS that joined the EU after 2004 for mobilizing Public Sector Expertise. In addition, the Conference will bring together participants from the EU MS and EU Partner Countries to discuss the importance and future needs for PSE involvement in advising EU Partner Countries through development cooperation projects. It also aims to analyse the potential for further expanding of the participation of public sector experts in EU and national bilateral development cooperation projects by reviewing legal and administrative set-ups in the EU MS and discussing incentives for public sector experts and their administrations as well as challenges facing public sector experts and their institutions.

 

The key questions to be addressed during the Conference are: 1) What are the strengths and comparative advantages of the EU MS PSE and why it should be involved in the EU (Twinning, Taiex, grants, Sigma, delegated cooperation, joint programming) and national bilateral development cooperation projects; 2) What are the preconditions and challenges to mobilizing the PSE in the  so called EU 15  and the EU MS that joined the EU from 2004 onwards; 3) What measures (legal framework, political support, existing implementing structures and other) would increase the involvement of public sector experts in EU development cooperation instruments and national bilateral development cooperation programmes.

 

 

Programme

 

08:30 – 09:00 Registration and welcome coffee

09:00 – 9:10  Welcome Speeches

Mr Neris Germanas, Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania

Ms Lidija Kašubienė, Director of the Central Project Management Agency (CPMA)

9:10 – 11:10  Panel Discussion: Importance of active EU Public Sector Expertise mobilization for Development Cooperation Projects in the EU Partner Countries

Mr Linas Kojala, Moderator

Mr Tobias Jung, Director for Strategy and Communication of FIIAPP, Co-leader of Practitioners’ Network Public Sector Expertise Task Force “Findings on the use of Public Sector Expertise prepared by Practitioners’ Network”

Ms Francesca Aquaro, Twinning Team Leader of Unit C3 Institution Building, TAIEX, Twinning, Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR)

Ms Fiona Ramsey, Deputy Head of Unit Development Financing and Effectiveness, Relations with Member States, Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO)

“Perspective of PSE involvement in advising EU Partner Countries from “demand side”:

Mr David Bujiashvili, Director of EU Assistance Coordination and Sectoral Integration Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia

Ms Iulia Ciumac, Head, Foreign Assistance Division, Directorate for Public Investment and Foreign Assistance, Ministry of Finance Moldova

Mr Anatolii Sopilka, Head of the Division of International Cooperation Projects of the Projects Management Unit of the Center for Adaptation of the Civil Service to the Standards of the European Union, Ukraine

Mr Serdar Sayer, EU Affairs Expert, Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Directorate for EU Affairs, Republic of Turkey

Ms Nida Salameh, EU Desk Officer, Assistant to the Head of Unit, Planning, Policy & Aid Coordination Unit, Office of the Prime Minister, Palestine

Q & A

11:10 – 11:40 Coffee break

11:40 – 12:30 Panel Discussion: Best practices of mobilization of Public Sector Expertise from EU 15 Member States for Development Cooperation projects in the EU Partner Countries

Mr Linas Kojala, Moderator

Mr Tobias Jung, Director for Strategy and Communication of FIIAPP, Spain

Ms Nina Geladze Ekstedt, National Contact Point of Twinning & TAIEX from Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)

Ms Yildiz Götze, National Contact Point of Twinning & TAIEX, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Mr. Siegfried Leffler, Director of the GIZ Representation Brussels

Mr Jean Christophe Charlier, Manager Governance Unit, Belgium Development Agency Enabel

Dr David Weakliam, National Lead for Global Health Programme, Health Service Executive, Ireland

Q & A

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch at the Conference venue place

13:30 – 14:30 Panel Discussion: Best practices and challenges for the mobilization of Public Sector Expertise from the EU Member States that joined the Union after 2004 for Development Cooperation  in the EU Partner Countries. The  case of Lithuania and other MS

Mr Linas Kojala, Moderator

Ms Miglė Jankauskienė, NCP for Twinning and TAIEX,  Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania

Ms Dubravka Smolič Vlaič, Croatian National Contact Point Twinning, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia

Ms Iivika Kalden, Estonian National Contact Point for Twinning and Taiex from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia

Mr Reinis Trokša, Director of Economic Relations and Development Cooperation Policy Department of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia

Ms Anda Anica, Development Cooperation Programs Department of Romania’s International Development Cooperation Agency RoAid

Q & A

14:30 – 15:00 Coffee break

15:00 – 16:00 - Panel Discussion: Ways to improve the conditions in the EU Member States of legal framework, political support, existing implementing structures, databases and other, measures for the  effective use  of its Public Sector Expertise

Mr Linas Kojala, Moderator

Mr Mindaugas Kačerauskis, Deputy Director, Development Cooperation Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania

Ms Yildiz Götze, National Contact Point of Twinning & TAIEX, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Ms Deimantė Vaičiūnė, Head of International Development Cooperation Projects Division of CPMA, Lithuania

Mr Wojciech Gołębiowski, Poland National Contact Point for Twinning and Taiex, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ms Tiina Järvelä, Finland National Contact Point for Twinning, Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Q & A

16:00 – 16:15 Closing Remarks