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The future of the European project seems uncertain. Recent events as well as long-term developments raise questions about the precise roles national governments, European Union institutions, and other transnational bodies will play. All scenarios at hand, however, have one important feature in common: intergovernmental cooperation becomes increasingly important.

Curiously, it is also this very aspect of European integration that is often overlooked by existing executive education programmes in public management and policy studies: the growing extent and intensity of cross-border ties between national administrations and branches of government in other member states.

National public administrations need to better understand how to move forward within the European multi-level governance architecture. This requires sensitivity towards the models and cultures of different national public administrations in Europe.

If the European project is to grow horizontally rather than hierarchically in terms of governance, public administrations and agencies, member states will increasingly be called upon to create effective cross-border ties at policy and operational levels.

In response to this need, European CAPITALS will provide

  • an inside view into the machineries of government in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Italy
  • analyses of frontier policy issues relevant to governments across Europe from national, intergovernmental and supranational points of view, and
  • first-hand insights as well as training and peer-learning opportunities regarding best practices in leadership and management in European administrations.

European CAPITALS is a high-level executive programme which will contribute to building a network among participants heading for future leadership positions. It is designed for (among others):

  • National civil servants and other government officials who aspire DG-level positions
  • Civil servants from European Institutions who aspire DG-level positions
  • Senior diplomats from EU member states as well as from other countries
  • Executives from private organizations, business associations, and NGOs