Public Governance and Structural Reforms

05  May 2014    12:30 pm CEST

5 to 9 May 2014


Joint Vienna Institute (JVI), Mariahilfer Strasse 97, 1060 Vienna


The seminar provides an overview of policy challenges in key areas of structural reforms. In particular, approaches to legal reform, fiscal policy, competition policy, privatization and regulation policy, provision of infrastructure services and technology policy, and reforms of education and science and of the welfare system (health, pensions) will be discussed. The presentations will draw on the ongoing political and academic discussions in EU member states and candidate countries, as well as on Austria’s reform process and experience in the wake of EU membership and its relevance for EU accession candidates.

The seminar will look more closely at the regulatory role of the state rather than at macroeconomic policy issues. The guiding idea is to analyse the reform goals and instruments from the point of view of the complex inter-relationship between states and markets, where markets provide the relevant environment for state actions and states are an important environment for market behaviour. The complexity of this inter-relationship is especially high in Europe due to the deepening and widening of the European Union integration.

Target group
The seminar addresses decision makers in the ministry of economy, the ministry of finance as well as representatives of the parliament. . The seminar is open for applicants from Southeast European countries, namely Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, FYR of Macedonia, Kosovo, Serbia, and Montenegro as well as from CIS countries, namely, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Advanced language abilities in spoken and written English are expected.