The Bulgarian Institute of Public Administration (IPA) was established in 2000 as part of administrative reform in the context of forthcoming EU accession. Therefore the original name was Institute of Public Administration and European Integration (IPAEI). During Bulgarian negotiation process IPA played an important role in public administration training and preparation for the EU membership. In 2008 it was renamed to Institute of Public Administration (IPA).
The Institute has a status of an Executive Agency under the government - Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria. The key legal acts for its creation and functioning are Civil Servants Act and 82 Decree of the Council of Ministers.
Conducting training and research for the development of a professional civil service, as well as strengthening the capacity of institutions to meet the challenges of modern public policies.
The IPA is a leader in the training of public administration using modern technologies, methods and training programs, and customers of the Institute appreciate the quality of conducted services.