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Adoption of the Commission Communication on Enhancing the European Administrative Space (ComPAct)

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On October 25 2023 the Commission adopted the Communication on Enhancing the European Administrative Space (ComPAct)

For the first time, with the ComPAct, the Commission puts forward a strategic set of actions to support the public administrations in the Member States to become more resilient, innovative and skilled, and to strengthen the administrative cooperation between them.

 The ComPAct will help public administrations in the Member States deliver on EU policies and priorities, from the EU Skills Agenda and the related European Year of Skills, the targets of the Digital Decade to have 100% of key public services accessible online by 2030, to shaping the conditions for the economies and societies to deliver on the ambitious 2030 climate and energy targets.

The ComPAct comprises 25 actions structured around 3 pillars:

Pillar 1. The Public Administration Skills Agenda
Foster administrative cooperation between public administrations at all levels to help develop their workforces for current and future challenges.

Pillar 2. Capacity for Europe’s Digital Decade
Strengthen the capacity of public administrations for their digital transformation. 

Pillar 3. Capacity to lead the green transition
Strengthen the capacity of public administrations to lead the green transition and build resilience.

The actions under each of these pillars will be launched by the Commission as of Q4 2023 and will be implemented gradually, primarily through the Technical Support Instrument (TSI) and other EU funding mechanisms.

The ComPAct, an initiative at EU level, will boost the impact of the experience already gained through EU programmes by creating stronger synergies between knowledge, funding and support. It will offer new and enhanced opportunities for administrations at all levels to cooperate and learn from each other, and to develop joint future-proofed solutions to common challenges.

You can have a look at the press release on ComPAct  and the accompanying questions and answers.

The ComPAct makes permanent the “PACE” Programme on “public Andministration and Cooperation Exchange. In 2023, more than 300 employees from 18 Member States (including Italy)  joined the Programme, for totally 70 exchanges of officers. The Italian Ministry of Public Administration hosted a first exchange on strategic management of human resources (https://www.funzionepubblica.gov.it/articolo/ministro/13-10-2023/al-dipartimento-della-funzione-pubblica-il-primo-scambio-di-funzionari , in Italian).

Italy played an active role during the process which led to the adoption of the ComPAct. In particular, Italy hosted in Caserta the  first meeting of the Experts Group on Public Administration and  Governance ( https://www.funzionepubblica.gov.it/articolo/ministro/27-06-2023/prima-riunione-italia-del-gruppo-di-esperti-la-pa-e-la-governance , in Italian). In this occasion the Member States defined the pillars of the present Communication.