Accenture part of effort to promote sustainable public services in Europe
02/12/2009
Accenture, the Lisbon Council and the College of Europe establish dedicated centre to shape and promote an innovative public sector in Europe.

Fuente:  www.consultant-news.com    Fecha:  02.12.2009

Accenture part of effort to promote sustainable public services in Europe

Accenture, the Lisbon Council and the College of Europe have established a dedicated centre known as the Government of the Future Centre. In the face of immense pressure on public finances and increased demand for public services, the Government of the Future Centre will provide thought leadership to the EU institutions and national, regional and local governments on key areas of public sector reform. The Government of the Future Centre will focus on developing innovative strategies and solutions that enable public sector organizations to deliver sustainable public services to European citizens.

“Governments are faced with increasing pressure on several fronts including scarcity of resources,” said Antoine Brugidou, Accenture’s Health & Public Service program director for Europe. “The Government of the Future Centre is dedicated to providing pragmatic and actionable solutions designed to help governments and other public service organizations enhance the quality of life of their citizens through delivery of increased and improved public services.”

The Government of the Future Centre will provide thought leadership to EU Institutions and governments and other public service organizations in the EU Member States as they work to transform themselves by raising awareness of the benefits of state transformation and by creating a ‘burning platform’ for dialogue and the exchange of ideas. The Government of the Future Centre will also create a High Level Public Service Network of innovators and advocates for change.

“Society needs more innovation in the public sector -- not just as an antidote to the recession, but as a platform for meeting citizens' demands in a fast-changing world,” said Paul Hofheinz, president and co-founder of the Lisbon Council. “That’s why the Government of the Future Centre will seek to support, inspire and inform many ongoing European Union initiatives, from the EU Innovation Act and eGovernment, to Public Health and Eco-Efficiency. We will work to offer inspiring ideas, practical solutions and best practices. Most importantly, we will put the citizen at the centre of our activities, demonstrating that the onset of new technologies and collaborative networks is an opportunity to develop and deploy more targeted services that respond more directly to modern needs.”

The Government of the Future Centre’s initial focus will be on four key areas where reform of the public sector is critical to improve the social and economic conditions of citizens in Europe: improving the provision of healthcare, boosting employment, connecting citizens and governments and enhancing the sustainability of public sector organizations. In the course of the coming year the Government of the Future Centre will undertake a number of significant programs and activities including:

* Hosting a Government of the Future Summit in 2010 with government leaders, opinion leaders, public sector organizations and members of the press.

* Publishing a series of State Transformation Case Studies: working with students from the College of Europe, the case studies will assess the performance of select public sector entities across Europe, formulate recommendations to improve their performance and identify best practices.

* Convening High Level Public Sector Modernization Workshops: the workshops will bring together key leaders from EU institutions, public sector entities from across Europe, stakeholders and citizens to discuss the challenges, opportunities and solutions in key areas of public sector modernization.

“Efficient public services are essential to the sustainability and legitimacy of our socio-economic systems. The Government of the Future Centre will enable students of College of Europe to work on concrete public reform projects in several European countries – a unique opportunity to familiarise potential future leaders with the challenges and opportunities of governance change,” said Jörg Monar, Director of Studies, European Political & Administrative Studies.