Public administration closer to citizens a strategic objective of the Ministry of Justice and Public Administration

Minister of Justice and Public Administration Ivan Malenica participated in the international conference “Steering the European Union through Poly-Crises Storms: The Role of Public Administration”, which is taking place in Zagreb from 5 to 8 September.

The 45th Annual Conference of the European Group for Public Administration (EGPA) was organised in cooperation with the Faculty of Law of the University of Zagreb, and this is the first time it is held in Croatia.

Minister Malenica participated in a panel discussion on public administration reforms before and after joining the European Union. Along with Minister Malenica, the panel was attended by Minister of Public Administration of the Republic of Slovenia Sanja Ajanović Hovnik, Prof. Polona Kovač from the University of Ljubljana, Dr. Maarten Hillebrant from the University of Utrecht, Dr Pieter Zwaan from Radbout University and Vice-Rector of the University of Zagreb Anamarija Musa.

“There is a need for continuous change and reform processes in all EU Member States. There is a need everywhere to improve the functioning of institutions, to raise the quality of public policies and to ensure that public administration responds to the needs of citizens. Public administration closer to citizens is a strategic objective of the Ministry of Justice and Public Administration”, the Minister underlined.

He also highlighted that the Ministry was implementing several important reform processes under the National Recovery and Resilience Plan and in cooperation with the European Commission: reform of the public sector wage system, introduction of a centralised employment system, introduction of hybrid work, further optimisation and functional mergers of local self-government units, e-State Exam etc.