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ComPAct High-level Conference

“A growth enhancing public administrative space”

ComPAct High-level conference: 
“A growth enhancing public administrative space”
27 June 2024, Brussels


In late 2023, the European Commission presented its Communication on public administration, entitled “Strengthening the European Administrative Space (ComPAct). The ComPAct reflects that public administrations and governance underpins everything else. Without efficient and effective public administrations there can be no delivery on EU policies and instruments, and also no trust from citizens. 


The conference will focus on how ComPAct can support Member States modernise their public administrations, help improve EU productivity and competitiveness, and contribute to expanding the Single Market.

The conference will have two main themes: 

1) ComPAct reducing the administrative burden and making Europe more competitive.  This underpins President von der Leyen’s commitment to reduce reporting requirements by 25%, in line with our strategy to boost the EU’s long-term competitiveness. ComPAct will contribute through simplification, re-design of business processes and enhanced administrative cooperation.

2) ComPAct completes the Single Market. The ComPAct Digital pillar focuses on digitalisation and interoperability as a tool to facilitate the provision of cross border services, which will offer greater market opportunities for European businesses and greater services for EU citizens.


The event brings together high-level officials and practitioners from the EU institutions, Member States and social partners. 

When and where?

27 June 2024, European Parliament, Brussels and online. 

REFORM-CONFERENCE-PAatec [dot] europa [dot] eu (Contact us via our functional mailbox)


9.00 - 9.30    Welcome Coffee , Hemicycle Bar (Le Grand Café Hémicycle), Spaak building 
Master of ceremony: Kjartan Björnsson, Deputy Director, DG REFORM.  
9.30 Opening address by Elisa Ferreira, European Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms 
9.40Video message by Enrico Letta, President of the Jacques Delors Institute and rapporteur of the High-Level Report on the future of the Single Market 
9.45                                 Keynote Speech by Andrea Renda, Director of Research, CEPS 
10.00ComPAct Implementation plan presentation by DG REFORM

1st Panel discussion: ComPAct reducing the administrative burden and making Europe more competitive  

Moderator: Kjartan Björnsson, Deputy Director, DG REFORM   

Confirmed panellists:                                        

  • Elisabeth Werner, Deputy Secretary-General - Policy Coordination, European Commission 
  • Janos Bertok, Deputy Director of the Public Governance Directorate, OECD  
  • Terhi Koipijärvi, Board Professional, Senior Advisor (Miltton) and Chair of Finnish Business and Society (FIBS) 
  • Veronique Willems, Secretary General, SMEunited 
  • Georgios Papakonstantinou, Acting Director, Florence School of Transnational Governance, EUI 

2nd Panel discussion: ComPAct helping complete the Single Market.  

Moderator: Nathalie Berger, Director, DG REFORM   

Confirmed panellists:                                        

  • Hubert Gambs, Deputy Director-General DG GROW, European Commission 
  • Mario Nava, Director-General, DG EMPL, European Commission    
  • Karin Brunzell, Co-chair NEA Standing Committee, EPSU  
  • Ben Butters, CEO, Eurochambres
  • Gabriela Ramos, Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO 
12.45 - 14.15      Lunch Break , Hemicycle Bar (Le Grand Café Hémicycle), Spaak building 

3rd Panel discussion: Enabling the European Administrative Space to shape the future of the EU.  

Moderator: Judit Rozsa, Acting Director-General, DG REFORM   

Confirmed panellists:                                        

  • Christian Roques, Deputy Director General, DG HR, European Commission 
  • Thomas Wobben, Director for Consultative Works II, CoR  
  • Sandra Parthie, President of the EESC's Section for the Internal Market (INT) 
  • Hannes Astok, Chairman, E-Governance Academy, Estonia 
  • Nico Waeyeart, Chairman, BOSA Belgium, Belgian Council Presidency 
15.30    Closing remarks by Valdis Dombrovskis, Executive Vice-President of the European Commission 

Recordings of the sessions

Recordings of the morning and afternoon sessions are available below.

Morning session

Afternoon session