The Early Years (1998-1999): EuReforme was set up by the Commission in April 1998 as a staff association aiming to analyse, discuss, propose and promote reforms in the internal functioning of the EU institutions. EuReforme initially promoted administrative reform in the Commission, ‘to render it more effective, responsible and transparent’. It established several working groups ranging from administrative reform to change management and, critically, contributed to bridging the gap between staff unions and the Commission’s administration in the crisis that followed attempts by Commissioner Liikanen to modify the Commission’s Staff Regulations without consulting the staff unions.
The Kinnock Reform (1999-2004): In 1999, the Santer Commission resigned due to a report criticising, amongst other points, its lack of accountability. In 1999 Commissioner Kinnock launched a wide ranging reform of the Commission. During this process, EuReforme was ‘a critical friend’, participating in working groups, making proposals and commenting upon the reform process in its internal newsletter, on its website and - in a few cases - in the external press.
After the Kinnock Reform (2004-2009): After the reform was implemented, EuReforme’s nature changed. It modified its Articles of Association and objective, becoming a ‘bottom-up network to improve the management in the Commission’.
Since then, EuReforme’s activities have developed in line with the situation in the Commission, always with the objective of promoting management reforms with concrete results. EuReforme encourages members to express opinions on key proposals, which it then consolidates and presents to Commissioners and top management, it analyses the issues at stake and the positions of the various actors, organising public debates and meetings, and it endeavours to broaden the debates by disseminating information relating to the Commission and itself.
EuReforme’s network of 2000 members and resources (staff working on a voluntary basis) are used for the promotion of best practices in terms of change management and reform, and to support staff in getting involved in improving the Commission’s management by submitting ideas and providing information. EuReforme is a network of people working on reforms of all sorts, at all levels of the Commission. This is done through its websites and mailings to members and the contribution of its members in the internal discussion.
|Award category:||leadership and change|
|Sector:||Public administration, modernisation, institutional affairs, reform|
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|Keywords:||Change management, bottom-up, participatory leadership, network|
|Short English description:||It modified its Articles of Association and objective, becoming a ‘bottom-up network to improve the management in the Commission’.|
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|Size of organisation:||>100|
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