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The European Administrative Space – Opportunities for Local and Regional Governments?

With the communication "Enhancing the European Administrative Space (ComPAct)" in October 2023, the European Commission initiated significant steps for administrative and structural reforms in the EU member states. What steps can cities and municipalities take to benefit from these opportunities and actively participate in the developments?
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Empowering Progress with Digital Transition in Western Balkan and Moldova Local Governments

The digitalization report within the BACID III project is an important milestone to show the current developments, best practices but also gaps where the countries in the Western Balkan and Moldova still lack resources, political will, or knowledge. It’s the first report of its kind in South-East Europe and will help local and central governments to gain an overview of the digitalisation efforts in the region and identify good practices.
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Call for proposals - Elderly care with Remote monitoring in the Municipality of Delchevo/North Macedonia

In the framework of the BACID Program – Building Administrative Capacity in the Western Balkan and Moldova a SMART CITY PILOT – ELDERLY CARE WITH REMOTE MONITORING for THE MUNICIPALITY OF DELCHEVO in NORTH MACEDONIA will be developed. Find the Terms of References here.

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Emphasizing the necessity of WB local government capacity building on digital competencies following the report: “Empowering Progress with Digital Transition in Western Balkan and Moldova Local Governments”

Enrikko Kapiti, Research Intern at KDZ, has analysed the need for Local Administration capacity building for digital competencies based on the study "EMPOWERING PROGRESS WITH DIGITAL TRANSITION IN WESTERN BALKAN AND MOLDOVA LOCAL GOVERNMENTS".
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The European Administrative Space – Opportunities for Local and Regional Governments?

With the communication "Enhancing the European Administrative Space (ComPAct)" in October 2023, the European Commission initiated significant steps for administrative and structural reforms in the EU member states. What steps can cities and municipalities take to benefit from these opportunities and actively participate in the developments?
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Digitalisation in the Western Balkans - The 5 most important results of the study

Discover the future of digitalisation in the Western Balkans and Moldova! The blog post by Verena Weixlbraun and Thomas Prorok takes an in-depth look at the digitalisation report "Empowering Progress with Digital Transition in Western Balkan and Moldova Local Governments". Find out how the region is taking a holistic approach to understanding citizens' needs and delivering innovative digital services.
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The NEW Principles of Public Administration

OECD-SIGMA Programme and European Commission have published the 2023 edition of the Principles of Public Administration with a focus on digitalization, environmental sustainability and multi-level governance.
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European Local Government Finances and Local Autonomy

What is the relation between local autonomy and effective governance and why is it essential for countries to increase the financial independence of local governments? KDZ Managing Director Thomas Prorok and research assistants Sofia Calzola and Kesira Yildirim address these questions in this blog post.

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Expert for quality management - CAF wanted

Wir suchen einen Experten für Qualitätsmanagement - CAF im Zeitraum vom 15. Mai 2024 bis November 2024, um ein CAF-Projekt in einer öffentlichen Verwaltung der Republik Moldau durchzuführen.
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Call for proposals - Elderly care with Remote monitoring in the Municipality of Delchevo/North Macedonia

In the framework of the BACID Program – Building Administrative Capacity in the Western Balkan and Moldova a SMART CITY PILOT – ELDERLY CARE WITH REMOTE MONITORING for THE MUNICIPALITY OF DELCHEVO in NORTH MACEDONIA will be developed. Find the Terms of References here.
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Council of Europe peer review report published

Together with experts from Croatia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and the United Kingdom, KDZ Managing Director Thomas Prorok participated 2023 in consultations with local partners in Hungary on intergovernmental financial relations, data access and use, capacity building and the structure of the local government system.
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Certified Program: EU Project Management

Embark on your journey to mastering EU Project Management! The new online Certified Program "EU Project Management" starts on 2 April. Find out how you can successfully win EU funding for your ideas and effectively manage ongoing EU projects.

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Empowering Progress with Digital Transition in Western Balkan and Moldova Local Governments

The digitalization report within the BACID III project is an important milestone to show the current developments, best practices but also gaps where the countries in the Western Balkan and Moldova still lack resources, political will, or knowledge. It’s the first report of its kind in South-East Europe and will help local and central governments to gain an overview of the digitalisation efforts in the region and identify good practices.

More resilient public administrations after COVID-19

OECD published the report „More resilient public administrations after COVID-19 - Lessons from using the Common Assessment Framework (CAF) 2020“. KDZ contributed the 11 cases studies of European CAF Users which revail how CAF supported the handling of the COVID19 pandemic.

Subnational government in the Western Balkans

The OECD SIGMA report “Subnational Government in the Western Balkan” is now available. KDZ contributed to the report significantly in the chapters comparing the local government structures, finances and fiscal equalization systems of the six Western Balkan countries. One finding is that a trend towards greater decentralisation and strengthening of local autonomy, as established in the European Charter of Local Self-Government ratified by all Western Balkan economies, can be clearly identified. But the overlap of competences between the state administration and the local government is an important issue.
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The resilient city – state of the art

During the pandemic, the discussion about the resilience of our social system and especially of Austrian cities and municipalities is increasingly becoming the focus of political and social discourse. This working document provides a first overview of the state of scientific discussion on urban resilience, existing literature, research projects and planning tools with a focus on the local level.
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Decentralisation and Local Public Administration Reform in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine

The Publication "Decentralisation and Local Public Administration Reform in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine: Learning from the past – preparing for the future" and Status Reports on the Progress of Decentralisation Reform in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine aim to consolidate lessons learned over three decades of reform and help the local government associations prepare for the reform next steps in their countries.

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CAF Practitioners Network

Join us on March 4th, 2024, from 2-3:30 p.m. (CET) for an insightful journey into the world of Common Assessment Framework (CAF) with the Government Office of the Slovak Republic.
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Save the date: Act NOW Mayors' Conference 2023

The ACT NOW Mayors’ Conference 2023 “Spirit Unbroken: Empowering Local Democracy for Ukraine's Renewal” will bring together local leaders, innovators, high-level decision-makers, and changemakers.
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What are the main challenges of the COVID crisis?

The Covid19 crisis has revealed a lack of risk- and quality management in many public sector organizations in Europe. PRIMO and KDZ therefore joined forces to offer a comprehensive training and guideline for boosting public administration towards a sustainability and resilience especially in future crisis.
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Digital conference: CAF2020 - Towards Public Administration Reform and European Integration

On 17. February 2021 CAF experts, academia and all persons interested in the field of quality and change management in public sector are invited to CAF conference “Towards Public Administration Reform and European Integration” to discuss perspectives how to further develop the CAF approach.
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Kelmend Zajazi | Executive Director of NALAS
The long-term cooperation with KDZ means a lot to us at NALAS. In KDZ we found a peer that fully understands who we are.
Isabelle Verschuren | Federal Public Service Policy and Support (BOSA), CAF correspondent of Belgium
In the last years Belgium has planned and organised many different CAF activities (e.g. CAF training, Certification of CAF label) together with KDZ.
Josep Medrano | Director of Strategic Planning and Taxation, City of Barcelona
For the City of Barcelona, the collaboration with KDZ through the European "Cities for Sustainable Public Finances (CSPF)" has reached a qualitative advance.

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