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NISPAcee News 2016, Volume XXIII - No. 4 November 2016
Dear readers,

We are sending you the autumn issue of the NISPAcee Newsletter in e-format.

We hope that you enjoy and welcome this issue and, of course, we would appreciate receiving any feedback and comments you may have. This will help us to incorporate any suggestions you may have regarding its improvement.

We would also like to invite you to contribute to the next issues of the NISPAcee News. All submissions are welcome and should be sent to the managing editor, Ms. Elena Zakova, e-mail:


NISPAcee Announcements

Reports of NISPAcee Activities

News from Other Institutions

Events from Other Institutions

Other Interesting Publications

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NISPAcee Announcements

25the NISPAcee Annual Conference - Invitation

Organised in co-operation with the Kazan Federal University
Date: May 18 - May 20, 2017
Venue: Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan, Russian Federation
Dates and deadlines
List of accepted paper proposals
The on-line registration for the conference will be open at the beginning of December 2016.

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25th NISPAcee Annual Conference - International Program Committee


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My visit to Kazan

Elena Zakova, NISPAcee Senior Manager: Prior to my trip I did not know what to expect in Kazan – I had only minimum information from the internet. However, from the outset I was positively surprised by the city. Part of the reason was because of the people – very helpful and hospitable colleagues from the Kazan Federal University - who were acting as my guides and spent a lot of time with me. They not only showed me the impressive historical university buildings with newly reconstructed meeting rooms, where our conference will be held in May 2017, but also the beauty of the city and surrounding area.

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Appreciation of his 20th Years with NISPAcee

Juraj Sklenar, NISPAcee Senior Manager, completed 20 years’ work with NISPAcee in October, 2016. The NISPAcee 20 Years Anniversary Certificate was presented to him on the occasion of the 24th NISPAcee Annual Conference in Zagreb, Croatia, on May 20, 2016.
Juraj has principally been responsible for NISPAcee membership, communications with members and others interested in NISPAcee benefits, building and developing the NISPAcee databases, managing public relations and the implementation of many other NISPAcee activities and projects.

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Call for Nominations for the Alena Brunovska Award for Teaching Excellence in PA

The award is a tribute to a commitment of Alena Brunovska, one of NISPAcee’s founders and the first Chair of the NISPAcee Steering Committee, to the development of public administration education in the region of Central and Eastern Europe.

The deadline for receipt of completed nominations is December 1, 2016.

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Call for Nominations for the Mzia Mikeladze PhD Thesis Award

The Mzia Mikeladze PhD Thesis Award aims to promote research by young scholars on public administration and public policy in the NISPAcee region.

Nominations to be submitted by December 1, 2016.
Nominations can be made by the NISPAcee member institution where the thesis has been defended.

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SlovakAid project BiH

New project on Effective Project Management in the Water Sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Implementation of the EU tendering procedures started in November 2016.

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EAPAA launched two levels of accreditation

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Call for NISPAcee Unpaid Internships

NISPAcee is offering the possibility for future young professionals to work with and for the biggest network in the area of public administration in Central and Eastern Europe and thereby gain useful experience for their future careers.

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NISPAcee Interns

Dora Varosi: I am a student at the National University of Public Service. Next year, in 2017, I will complete my Master’s degree.
I spent two months - October-November - in the NISPAcee Headquarters in Bratislava, which I found to be very rewarding. I learned many new things about the workings of an international organisation and also gained more experience when I participated in a conference. I met some great people who helped improve my professional and human skills during the two months. Thank you for everything NISPAcee!

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Reports of NISPAcee Activities

SlovakAid Project Georgia - Project Conference

Final conference of the project "Effective Project Management in the Water Sector in Georgia: Implementation of the EU and EBRD Methodologies" organised on September 6, 2016 in Tbilisi, Georgia. 

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SlovakAid Project Georgia - Project Trainings

Two trainings on Effective Project Management in the Water Sector in Georgia: Implementation of the EU and EBRD Methodologies organised in Tbilisi (September 7, 2016) and in Batumi (September 9, 2016).

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SlovakAid project Ukraine - Interactive Training for NAPA Trainers

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EAPAA Board and General Meetings

The EAPAA Board and General Meeting were held during the recent EGPA conference in Utrecht, The Netherlands on August 25, 2016. NISPAcee was represented at the meetings by its President, Juraj Nemec, and Polonca Kovac, a Steering Committee member.

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Building Capacity for Sustainable Governance

Joint Congress of IIAS-IASIA 
19 - 24 September 2016, Chengdu, China
NISPAcee was represented at the Congress by its President, Juraj Nemec, and its Executive Director, Ludmila Gajdosova.

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NISPAcee President Juraj Nemec received the D.C. Stone Award

NISPAcee President, Juraj Nemec, (Masaryk University, Czech Republic) received the D.C. Stone Award during the 2016 Joint Congress of IIAS-IASIA on September 21, 2016 in Chengdu, China.

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NISPAcee President attends EGPA Conference

The NISPAcee President, Juraj Nemec, participated in two important events during the conference. First, he represented the organisation at the Opening Ceremony held in a very specific place – the Janskerk Church. The second event was the EAPAA meeting, where future plans for European accreditation were approved.

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NISPAcee continues Cooperation with NASPAA

Marius Profiroiu, NISPAcee Immediate Past President, represented NISPAcee at the NASPAA Annual Conference, held in Columbus, Ohio, on October 19-20, 2016.

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ERASMUS Internships at NISPAcee

Erasmus students from the Faculty of Political Sciences and Public Administration, National University of Public Service, Hungary at the NISPAcee Headquarter.

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Central European Joint Infoday on Centralised Actions

Evgenia Abubakirova and Dora Varosi, NISPAcee Interns have participated in the Central European Joint Infoday on Centralised Actions in Budapest, Hungary on November 15-16, 2016.

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NISPAcee Jean Monnet e-News - October 2016

NISPAcee Jean Monnet e-News / October 2016 issued within European Union Integration Process Promoting Activities project implemented with the support of the ERASMUS+ programme.

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News from Other Institutions

2016 UN E-Government Survey

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2016 UN E-Government Knowledge DataBase

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2016 UN E-Government Survey - Publication

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9th ReSPA Annual Conference: MEDIA RELEASE

In order to holistically reflect the complexity of the optimization of public administration in the Western Balkans, the Regional School of Public Administration  has devoted its 9th Annual Conference to a discussion on experiences, methodologies and innovative practices in this process.

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National Academy for Public Administration - New President

Prof. Dr. Vasyl KUYBIDA was appointed as the new President of the National Academy for Public Administration under the President of Ukraine (NAPA) accordingly to the Decree of the President of Ukraine as of 31 August 2016.

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AAPA - Call for Papers

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IPAR - Call for papers

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Education Action Group on the New eSilk & New eAmber Roads

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Publications published by School of Public Administration, Gothenburg University

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Events from Other Institutions

December 1, 2016 - December 2, 2016

Regional Conference on Better Regulation and Competitiveness  

Venue: Belgrade, Serbia

Organizer(s): ReSPA in partnership with the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

December 1, 2016 - December 2, 2016

Annual Public Sector Innovation Lab: Innovation Updates, Business Cases
and Practical Tools

Venue: Barcelona

Organizer(s): European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)

December 5, 2016 - December 6, 2016

Financial Management of Rural Development Programmes  

Venue: EIPA Maastricht (NL), OLV plein 22, NL - 6211 HE Maastricht, Netherlands

Organizer(s): European Institute of Public Administration, EIPA (NL)

December 6, 2016 - December 7, 2016

Working Group meeeting on Quality Management in Public Administration  

Venue: Vienna, Austria

Organizer(s): ReSPA and KDZ

December 8, 2016 - December 9, 2016

The 4th edition of the Smart Cities Conference  

Venue: Bucharest, Romania


December 13, 2016 - December 13, 2016

Regional Conference on Management of Implementation of PAR Strategies  

Venue: ReSPA, Danilovgrad, Montenegro

Organizer(s): ReSPA

January 30, 2017 - February 10, 2017

Winter School on Federalism and Governance 2017 - Federalism and Power-Sharing  

Venue: Innsbruck, Austria and Bolzano/Bozen, Italy

Organizer(s): Institute for Studies on Federalism and Regionalism, EURAC Research, Bolzano/Bozen, Italy
Faculty of Law and School of Political Science and Sociology, Leopold-Franzens-University, Innsbruck, Austria

February 23, 2017 - February 25, 2017

Good Governance: Promoting Democratic Values and Practices Through Education  

Venue: Tbilisi, Georgia

Organizer(s): Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA)

March 30, 2017 - March 31, 2017

“Social illusion of the functionality”  

Venue: Novo mesto, Slovenia

Organizer(s): Faculty of Organisation Studies in Novo mesto

April 13, 2017 - April 14, 2017

2017 AAPA Annual Conference  

Venue: Astana, Kazakhstan

Organizer(s): AAPA and Regional Hub of Civil Service in Astana

April 19, 2017 - April 21, 2017

International Research Society for Public Management
(IRSPM) Twenty-First Annual Conference
"The Culture and Context of Public Management"

Venue: Budapest, Hungary

Organizer(s): Institute of Economic and Public Policy
Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary

May 26, 2017 - May 28, 2017

International Congress of the Medical Sciences, Education, Behavioral Sciences and Physical Rehabilitation from the perspective of quality of life - with exposition  

Venue: Craiova, Romania

Organizer(s): UNIV, Craiova

August 16, 2017 - August 31, 2017

Global Challenges from the Local Perspective  

Venue: Klaipėda University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Klaipėda,Lithuania

Organizer(s): Klaipėda University

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Other Interesting Publications

Public Administration Reforms in Europe - The View from the Top

Editor(s): Gerhard Hammerschmid, Steven Van de Walle, Rhys Andrews, Philippe Bezes

Publisher: Elgar

ISBN: 978 1 78347 539 1

Based on a survey of more than 6700 top civil servants in 17 European countries, this book explores the impacts of New Public Management (NPM)-style reforms in Europe from a uniquely comparative perspective. It examines and analyses empirical findings regarding the dynamics, major trends and tools of administrative reforms, with special focus on the diversity of top executives’ perceptions about the effects of those reforms.  

NISPAcee Headquaters, Polianky 5, 841 01 Bratislava 42, Slovak Republic
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