On 25 October, the European Commission
published a Communication on the strengthening of the European
Administrative Area (ComPAct). ComPact is the European Commission's first
comprehensive package of measures to support the modernisation of national
administration and strengthen cross-border cooperation.
The aim is to create an efficient, transparent
and citizen-centred administration in order to meet the needs and expectations of citizens and companies across Europe. The
European Commission is thus responding to the demands of the Member States, the
European Parliament and the Committee of the Regions to promote cooperation and
This package is based on the European Commission's
experience in supporting reforms in individual Member States and from previous
A strong package brings modernisation
With a total of 25 support measures, it aims to
promote the quality of work of public bodies, cross-cutting cooperation between
public administrations and strengthen their capacities for digital and
ecological change. Member States are to be supported in tackling the European
Skills Agenda and the measures under the European Year of Skills - such as
making key public services accessible online by 2030.
The measures are supported by the European
Commission through the Technical Support Instrument (TSI) and other available EU funding
mechanisms such as the "Digital Europe” or Horizon Europe programme.
Utilisation of the measures contained in the
package is not mandatory for the Member States. Active participation and
utilisation of the tools and methods identified in the package of measures,
mutual support and exchange of experience on best practices will help Member
States to learn from each other, as well as innovate and improve the efficiency
of their public administration.
With a view to strengthening the capacities of
public administrations, the European Commission published a working document of the Commission’s offices as early as 29
April 2021 to support public administrations. The document sets out the
importance of public administrations at national, regional and local level in
realising the objectives of the European Union (EU).
On 17 December 2021, an expert group for public administration and governance was
set up as an additional measure. The aim of this platform is to identify
challenges and innovative approaches to the modernisation of public
administration through a joint dialogue between the European Commission and the