FINLAND: The Finnish Institute of Public Management Ltd (HAUS)
HAUS has a well-established and working international co-operation network with all European colleague institutions as well as with international private training and consultancy institutes, companies and law firms. HAUS is also actively involved in the activities of some major international organisations. Since 1995 HAUS has carried out development projects in most Eastern and Central European countries, Turkey and Vietnam.
HAUS’s values – a good starting point to co-operate
We genuinely want to help the customer, we cooperate for excellent results, we boldly restructure ourselves, and we act ethically as a company
Partnership is a key to excellent results and partners combine their knowledge and can get more together
HAUS has domestic partners – working in operational consultancy and international partners – dealing with Public Administration and Civil Service Training in EU and outside EU and in EU-projects
HAUS has partners in management and leadership training of civil servants such as the training programme in Public Management Strategies (senior civil servants), Management training programme (middle-level managers in public organisations), training programmes for young female managers, age-management and welfare at work-training programmes, IIP, and Investors in People
Operational partnership in action – open training courses for civil servants
HAUS has over 500 freelance trainers in its network. About 80 of them work actively and continuously from year to year as lecturers in our open courses. Most of them come from HAUS client organisations, universities, research organisations or ministries, agencies and companies
Why is partnership needed?
To identify, share and combine different expertise and scope of experience
To provide experts/trainers through partner organizations
To identify specific needs and expectations of the Client and accordingly to select most suitable methods and approaches
Complex projects require joint expertise from different sectors
Benefits of partnership
Doing together - learning from each other
Combined knowledge generates knew products, methods, concepts and new ways to contribute to the problems of clients
Partnership promotes ability to become “early birds” in specific new development areas
With partners we can expand our business to new sectors
Combined expertise from public and private sectors is nowadays often required Strong partnership promotes good working relationship and sustainability of the results of the projects; helps to avoid conflicts and solve possible misunderstandings
In international projects it’s important to combine experiences and best practices from different countries and different public administration systems
Disability to share expertise means failure in partnership
Demands active and co-operative members in all partner organization also partnerships needs investments (especially time!)
FRANCE: IGPDE and CEES - in partnership since 2003
The Institut de la gestion publique et du développement économique – Institute for public-sector management and economic development – is the French Ministry for the Economy, Finance and Industry's main continuing education organisation. Created in 2001, IGPDE is at the nexus of two major changes initiated by the Ministry in recent years: - budget reform (LOLF) for all of the central administration and the Ministry's global modernisation. Its total annual budget is about 23 million euros. It has a permanent staff of 200 and employs 2,000 part time teachers, either on a regular basis or as occasional outside consultants. In 2004, 95,000 training days were delivered for the benefit of 44,000 attendees.
Launched in 1995, the Centre des études européennes de Strasbourg was initially intended to combine different initiatives on European training. It is now the pole of expertise and teaching on European topics within the Ecole nationale d’administration (ENA). The audience is not only French civil servants but also private sector managers and elected local and national representatives. CEES also aims to provide training to all foreign partners. CEES has a network of 600 teachers or experts and in 2004 provided more than 200 different training courses, that is 15,340 training days for the benefit of 6,252 European citizens, fewer than half of them French.
Why has this co-operation been established?
French civil servants’ level of knowledge on European affairs has been deemed insufficient. It is thus important to raise the general knowledge and level of understanding of civil servants on EU mechanisms and also to ensure that French representatives sent to various European bodies have the right working knowledge.
French nationals who want to work in the European institutions have little awareness of EU civil service competitions, and do not qualify in large numbers. They prefer sitting the French civil service examinations. However, there would be some general benefit to the reorientation of some of the younger civil servants towards joining European bodies.
For all these reasons, some sort of connection between IGPDE and CEES seemed quite logical, since the latter enjoys a well known expertise and know-how in the field of European affairs.
The two organisations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that defines a joint programme and cost sharing methods. However, regular contacts between the two partners allow the implementation of new training courses on a very pragmatic basis. Both teams are now well used to working together on the implementation of certain training products and act as if they were part of the same outfit.
Raising the general level of European affairs knowledge among Ministry staff. A "General European Topics" online course has been devised, accessible to all of the Ministry's 180,000 civil servants. The following topics are covered: external relations, European institutions, EMU and European financial matters, EU politics Justice and internal affairs. It includes multiple-choice questionnaires derived from recent European competitions. There are links to several other online resources, like "Sources d’Europe".
Improving the European negotiation skills of civil servants from all ministries. A specific training cycle, "European workshops" has been devised. It originally lasted for 5 days but in its second year was lengthened to 7 days. It is targeted toward civil servants representing France in the consultative committees and working groups in Brussels. This training cycle is organised and taught jointly by CEES and IGPDE.
Encouraging Ministry staff to sit for EU admission competitions in their field of competence: IGPDE benefits from the extensive experience of CEES on this particular recruitment procedure. But it contributes as well, providing teachers and experts as well as classrooms. IGPDE also pays for training course inscription fees as a further encouragement to candidates. There are now 55 civil servants taking part in this programme.
In addition, IGPDE’s staff is aware that the CEES is a European knowledge centre, and are invited to turn to it when expertise or teachers are needed.
Also, last but not least, the Head of the CEES has recently been appointed as IGPDE's General Manager...
Prospects We are currently working on several new training products.