Partnerships for sustainable results

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)

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.

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Institut national du service public (INSP), France

IPA is also cooperating with Institut national du service public (INSP) - successor of 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.

The Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe

NISPAcee is an international think-thank based in Bratislava, Slovakia. In May 2019 IPA re-joined NISPAcee with the goal of establishing and further developing its cooperation with public administration and public policy institutions in region of Central and Eastern Europe.

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European School of Administration (EUSA)

IPA also has a successful cooperation with the European School of Administration (EUSA) – since 2015 Bulgaria participates in the Erasmus for Public Administration programme. This 10 days long study programme is composed of conferences, training seminars, visits to the institutions in Brussels, Luxembourg and Strasbourg and includes 2½ days of "job shadowing" in an institution of the participant's choice. The aim of this programme is to help young national civil servants dealing with EU affairs to learn more about the EU decision-making processes and the way the institutions function.