The Institute of Public Administration (IPA) works continuously to deepen the level of cooperation with similar prestigious institutions across Europe, providing the opportunity to exchange experiences and build collective knowledge of the best European practices in the field of training for public administration, working towards a common, high standard in the EU.
IPA works in a close partnership with the Council of Ministers of Bulgaria and with the National Body of Operational Program “Good Governance in Public Administration”, funded by the European Structural Funds. IPA is part of a network formed by directors and presidents of central training schools and institutes of public administration in the Member States of the European Union (DISPA).
European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) in Maastricht, the Netherlands
To this end, IPA has signed intergovernmental agreements with institutes across Europe, including the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) in Maastricht, the Netherlands to share useful experience, research and best practices developed by the EIPA. In 2014, IPA, in partnership with EIPA, established a national center for training and consultation on the introduction of the European model of quality management (CAF - European common framework for self-assessment) in central and municipal administrations. IPA facilitates the participation of Bulgarian best practices in EIPAs European Public Sector Awards for innovations in field of public policy and administration.
École nationale d'administration (ENA), France
IPA is also cooperating with the National School of Public Administration of France (ENA). On March 28th 2014, the Institute of Public Administration (IPA) and the French National School of Administration (ENA) signed an official Memorandum of Cooperation at the Council of Ministers. It aims to develop inter-institutional partnership between the two countries, including the joint training of officials from the Bulgarian administration, exchanging of experience and organizing internships for Bulgarian civil servants in public institutions and agencies in France.
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
A training programme on public procurement is developed by the Institute of Public Administration (IPA) in cooperation with representatives of the coordination unit of DG Regio and the Council of Ministers administration under a contracted technical support with OECD. The project “Support for the Design and Implementation of the Bulgarian Public Procurement Training and Development Programme in the Frame of ESIF Ex-ante Conditionality Action Plan” was launched in early 2016 and was completed in February 2017. It was fully funded by the European Commission budget.
GRIPS University in Tokyo
The Young Leadership Program of Japan's Young Leadership Program is organized by the GRIPS University in Tokyo, Japan, and lasts one year. Target group are civil servants with at least three years of professional experience in the field of public administration. Upon successful completion, students receive a Masters Degree in Political Science.
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Erasmus program of the European Administrative School (EUSA) is a short-term practical internship for civil servants within 12 days. The internship includes lectures, on-site visits to European institutions and job shadowing. The aim of the program is to promote cooperation between the Member States and the EU administration. The program can be attended by representatives of all Member States who have professional experience in European affairs of up to 5 years and have status of a civil servant.
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