European Network Training Organisation for Local and Regional Authorities

Taking the chance of the summer school, the second bureau meeting for 2017 was held on 11th July 2017. Mr. Boris Bakota and Mr. Gert Fieguth were excused absent.

Mr. Jean Paul Plassard, ENTO treasurer, updated about ENTO financial and administrative situation. Mr. Pierre Petit presented the new ENTO website, which was very positively welcomed by the other members. Mr. Petit also updated the bureau about the Erasmus+ project which was presented in March. The commitment to fruitfully exploiting ENTO strengths through a project which can enhance training capacities within the public sector is still ranked first in the priority list.

The 2017 summer school was also discussed. All members thanked Mr. Valentin Lavrov, from the National Association of Municipal Clerks in Bulgaria (NAMCB) for the perfect organization and the great welcome in Bulgaria. Given the recent decision by the Centre of Expertise for local government reform not to support CoE-ENTO summer school in 2017, the 6th edition of the summer school was at risk: thanks to Valentin and the Hanns Seidel Foundation (Germany) a new joint experience could be organized with full satisfaction.

Last point in Bureau agenda was the decision about 2017 ENTO Conference and General Assembly. Mr. Petit presented the option to organize a joint event in Metz (France), in cooperation with other training institutions for local governments. Considering the proposed topic, of potentially great interest for ENTO members, and the expected quality of the overall organisation, the bureau agreed to the proposal.

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Profitant de l’Université d’été, la seconde réunion du bureau s’est tenu le 11 juillet 2017. Monsieur Boris Bakota et Monsieur Gert Fieguth étaient excusés.

Monsieur Jean Paul Plassard, le trésorier de l’ENTO, a mis à jour la situation financière et administrative. Monsieur Pierre Petit a présenté le nouveau site web de l’ENTO, qui a été reçu très positivement par les autres membres. Monsieur Petit a également renseigné le Bureau sur le projet Erasmus+ qui fut présenté en mars dernier. L’engagement à exploiter de manière fructueuse les forces de l’ENTO à travers un projet qui peut améliorer les capacités des formations dans le secteur public est toujours au premier rang dans les priorités.

L’université d’été fut aussi discutée. Tous les membres remercièrent Monsieur Valentin Lavrov, de l’Association Nationale des églises municipales de Bulgarie, pour l’organisation parfaite et l’accueil chaleureux en Bulgarie. La décision rendue récemment par le Centre d’expertise des réformes pour le  gouvernement local ne pas supporter le CoE-ENTO Université d’été 2017, la 6ème édition était risquée : merci à Valentin et le « Hanns Seidel Foundation » (Allemagne) une nouvelle expérience a pu être organisée avec beaucoup de satisfaction.

Le dernier point de l’agenda du Bureau était la décision de la Conférence et l’Assemblée générale de l’ENTO. Monsieur Petit a présenté l’option d’organiser à évènement conjoint à Metz (France), en coopération avec d’autre instituts de formation pour les gouvernements locaux. Considérant le thème proposé, ayant potentiellement un grand intérêt des membres de l’ENTO, et l’attendue qualité d’une telle organisation, le Bureau a accepté la proposition.

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During ENTO Bureau meeting which was held in Sofia on 11th July, it was decided that the next annual general assembly will be held in Metz on 25th November in the morning. ENTO general assembly will be organized within a two-day cross border event promoted by different training institutions for local authorities on the topic “Governance: the relation between elected officials and top public managers”.

The meeting is intended to involve general secretaries of local municipalities from France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany. Some ENTO members like CRF (Conseille régionale de la formation – Belgium) e CNFPT (Centre Nationale de la Fonction Publique Territorial – France) are directly involved in the organization and so special conditions can be offered to ENTO participants.

Have a look in the draft agenda (in French). Further details will be provided later.

We heartily invite you to save the date and to plan your trip as soon as possible, so that low cost fares can be obtained.

See you in Metz!

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Good governance” was the main topic of the summer school held in Sofia (Bulgaria) on 12-13 July 2017 and organized by the National Association of Municipal Clerks in Bulgaria (www.namcb-org.bg) with the support of the Hanns Seidel Foundation (www.hss.de). Presentations from participants not only offered the opportunity to better define key-issues such as transparency, local government reforms, leadership styles, change management, but also to suggest new perspectives and critical thinking about what is going on.

John Jackson, introduced the topic with a presentation on the relation between leadership and good governance. John is a long-time friend of summer schools: he took part to many editions and he introduced different aspects dealt in the “Leadership Academy Program” promoted by the Centre of Expertise for Local Government Reforms within the Council of Europe.

Gilberto Marzano, from the Rezekne University of Applied Sciences (Latvia), introduced the topic of social innovation and underlined the importance of ICT literacy as condition for social inclusion in his presentation on “New challenges for social services”. Social innovation was also the main topic in Wojciech Duranowski’s speech, which offered an overlook on how it is declined in Poland.

Luis Cembellin is presently working in the Province of Malaga (Spain) and he is associated professor in the local university. He illustrated how the Province promoted innovation and good governance in local municipalities using a benchmarking tool. Indicators and specific measures were implied in order to asses “good governance” and to influence priority setting in local municipality with regards to internal organization and management. A similar initiative has been also promoted in Bulgaria by the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works, as Mrs Stanislava Atanasova showed clearly. The methodology used is ELOGE, the European Label of Governance Excellence promoted by the Council of Europe.

Different case studies about local government reforms in many European countries were presented during the summer school: Albania, by Mirsa Titka; Belgium, by Pierre Petit; France, by Jean Paul Plassard; Georgia, by Giorgi Meskhidze and Nino Dolidze; Lithuania, by Ana Krivenokienè; Switzerland, by Paolo Crugnola. All cases showed common trends (e.g. amalgamation of municipalities) and offered the opportunity to discuss cutting-edge issues connected with such trends. As an example: how is the relation between citizens and local governments changing?

A special thank goes to Valentin Lazarov from the National Association of Municipal Clerks in Bulgaria (NAMCB): he has perfectly organized the event and he has assured a very warm welcome to all participants in Sofia.

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