2012

Conference “Does Croatia need agencies? Regulation and privatization at the national, regional and local levels”, Zagreb, 16 November 2012

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On the 16th November 2012, Croatian Institute of Public Administration organized a conference titled Does Croatia need agencies? Regulation and privatization of public services at the national, regional and local levels at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.

Editors of the Conference were Professor Ivan Koprić, Assistant Professor Anamarija Musa and Assistant Professor Vedran Đulabić from the Department of Administrative Science, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb.

The Conference was organized in four panels, and began with welcoming notes of Ms Jasminka Trzun, representing the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Ivan Koprić, representing the Institute of Public Administration and Zoran Pičuljan, PhD, representing the Ministry of Public Administration, highlighting the importance of reorganization and repositioning of the agencies in the Croatian public administration system and expressing the hope that some useful solutions for all those interested in agencies would be crystallized in the presentations.

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Forum of Public Administration - Croatian Absorption Capacity and European Union Funds, Zagreb, 24 October 2012

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The second Forum on Public Administration organized by Friedrich Ebert Foundation and Croatian Institute of Public Administration was held on 24th October 2012 in the hotel Dubrovnik in Zagreb. The chairperson of the Forum in the name of the Croatian Institute of Public Administration was Anamarija Musa, assistant professor at the Chair of Administrative Science Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb. The subject of the Forum was Croatian absorption capacity for EU funds. The moderator of the Forum was Neven Šantić, director of Kanal Ri television. He welcomed the audience after which assistant professor Vedran Đulabić and Matija Derk delivered their introductory speeches.

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New issue of the "Croatian and Comparative Public Administration" – September 2012

Dear readers and followers, the number 3/2012 of the journal Croatian and Comparative Public Administration has just been issued.

The papers published in this issue of the journal deal with the status of the capital cities in some European countries, two papers deal with the local self-government in Slovenia and two papers explain the process of decentralization in Serbia. Three papers are devoted to local self-government in Croatia and one paper deals with the question of environmental governance.

This issue of the journal contains ten scientific papers and one professional paper. Five scientific papers are published in English, four in Croatian and one in Serbian, while the professional paper is published in Croatian.

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Lecture "Coordination and Collaboration in Government", Zagreb, 26 September 2012

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John Halligan, professor of public administration at Australian University of Canberra, held his 2nd guest lecture on September 26th 2012 at the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb named „Coordination and Collaboration in Government“. The lecture was moderated by Slavica Banic, the Secretary General of the Croatian Institute of Public Administration. The lecture gathered a great number of Faculty and Institute of Public administration members, as well as PhD students and others interested in the topic.

Collaboration and coordination in government are one specific field of prof. Halligan’s scientific interest. He wrote several scientific papers on the topic, including a chapter Central Steering in Australia“ in the book of Dahlström, Peters, Pierre (2011) „Steering From the Centre-Strengthening Political Control in Western Democracies“, held a presentation at EGPA 2012 Annual Conference held in Bergen in September and participated in international research project on whole of government concept. The everlasting actuality of the topic has been even more emphasized in the last few years when policy problems are more likely to overlap and in that way demand a horizontal, connecting approach in solving them.

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Lecture “Political advisers and Civil Servants: Comparative Overview and Open Issues”, Zagreb, 17 September 2012

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John Halligan, professor of Public Administration at the ANZSOG Institute for Governance, University of Canberra, Australia held a public lecture „Political advisers and Civil Servants: Comparative Overview and Open Issues” on September 17th 2012 at the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb.

The actuality of this topic is shown by the professor Halligan's upcoming visit in Split on September 21-24, 2012 where he will hold the same lecture at the Faculty of Law, University of Split on September 21th 2012.

The lecture in Zagreb was moderated by prof. dr.sc. Ivan Kopric, president of the Institute of Public Administration and Head of the Department of Administrative Science at Faculty of Law in Zagreb, who presented the scientific activities and achievements of the lecturer. The audience consisted of several dozen members of the Institute of Public Administration, representatives of the Ministry of Public Administration, professors and associates of the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Political Science as well as PhD students and undergraduate students.

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New issue of the "Croatian and Comparative Public Administration"

Dear readers and followers, the number 2/2012 of the journal Croatian and Comparative Public Administration has just been issued. This issue of the journal contains eight scientific and three professional papers. Among them five scientific papers have been published in English and three in Croatian. Among the professional paper, two have been published in Croatian and one in English.

The new issue of the journal contains topics dealing with local public policies, administrative reforms in South-East Europe, regional policy in Croatian, public law and papers devoted to the life and work of Academy member Eugen Pusić.

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Conference "20th Anniversary of Diplomacy of the Republic of Croatia", Zagreb, 18 June 2012

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On the occasion of Croatian Diplomacy Day, the Association of Croatian Diplomats and the Institute of Public Administration organized the diplomatic conference entitled "20th Anniversary of Diplomacy of the Republic of Croatia". The conference was held on 18 June 2012 in the premises of the Old City Hall in Zagreb.

The conference was opened by the president of the Association of Croatian Diplomats Nives Malenica, who has shortly explained the tasks and objectives of this newly formed association. Vedran Đulabić, PhD, welcomed the attendees on the behalf of the co-organizer of the conference, the Institute of Public Administration. Zdravko Mršić, MSc, as the first Croatian Minister of Foreign Affairs explained the problems that Croatian diplomacy faced at the moment of its emergence in 1990. Vesna Pusić, PhD, Croatian Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, stressed that Croatian diplomacy is facing a number of challenges, caused also by the fact that Croatia is entering the European Union in the time of crisis. Due to the great tasks ahead of Croatia, but also because the diplomacy has special importance for small countries, it is necessary to provide high quality and professionalism of Croatian diplomatic service. Therefore, the Minister has particularly stressed the importance of cooperation between the Association of Croatian Diplomats and the Institute of Public Administration.

The conference was divided into three thematic panels. The first panel was devoted to the question of the meaning of diplomatic profession and its current challenges, the second panel had the task to explain the tasks of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and to determine what is the perspective of Croatian diplomacy as a part of the EEAS. Finally, the third panel discussed the issues of public diplomacy and how to effectively brand the country and improve cultural and economic diplomacy.

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Cancellation of the lecture of prof. dr. sc. Stanislava Setnikar Cankar

The lecture of professor dr Stanislava Setnikar Cankar “The changing public administration and the education for public administration” scheduled for Thursday, 31 May 2012 has been cancelled due to health problems of the lecturer. We will notify you on the new term of lecture in due course.

The lecture of prof. dr. sc. Hal K. Colebatch, Zagreb, 25 May 2012

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The Study Centre for Public Administration and Public Finances of the Faculty of Law in Zagreb and the Institute for Public Administration have the hounour to invite you to the lecture “Government and public policy”” which will be held by Hal K. Colebatch, Ph. D., retired professor of the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

The lecture will be held on Thursday, 24 May 2012. between 9:30 and 11:00 AM at the Faculty of Law in Zagreb, Trg m. Tita 14, DIII/2nd floor.

The lecture will be held in English language, without translation.



Public promotion of the book "European Administrative Space", Zagreb, 17 May 2012

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Public Administration and Public Finances Study Centre of Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, in cooperation with Institute of Public Administration organized a formal presentation of the book European Administrative Space on May 17th 2012, written by full professor Ivan Koprić, Ph.D., assistant professor Anamarija Musa, Ph.D. and MSc Goranka Lalić Novak. The book was created under the scientific research project of the Faculty of Law in Zagreb Europeanization of Croatian public administration: impact on development and national identity and published in January 2012. as the latest, fifth edition of the Institute’s library Manuals for Professional Training. Library editor, assistant professor Vedran Đulabić, Ph.D. and Dean of the Faculty, full professor Zoran Parać, Ph.D. on behalf of the Faculty opened the event and welcomed large audience of experts, practitioners and students who attended the book promotion. Retired professor Stjepan Ivanišević presented the structure and content of the book, whereupon reasons and manner of creation of the book as well as its goals were presented by Ivan Koprić and Anamarija Musa.

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Forum of Public Administration - Local Self-government and Decentralization, Zagreb, 16 May 2012

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Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and the Institute of Public Administration organized the first Forum of Public Administration on May 16 2012. The Forum of Public Administration is established as a permanent group of experts and practitioners in the wider area of public administration with the mission to initiate the discussion on the fundamental problems of Croatian public administration and to formulate possible solutions and proposals that can serve as a framework for the necessary reforms. The number of participant to the Forum is limited to those invited participants coming from academic and other institutions. It is expected that the round tables will be held two to three times a year. After each round table a brochure containing two papers and the participants' discussion will be published.

The topic of the first Forum of Public Administration was Local self-government and decentralization. The Forum was opened by the forum moderator Anamarija Musa, PhD, assistant professor at the Faculty of Law in Zagreb and Dietmar Dirmoseras, PhD head of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung office in Croatia.

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“Recent municipal territorial reforms in Finland” - a lecture by prof. Pekka Kettunen

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Pekka Kettunen, a professor of political sciences and public administration at the Faculty of social sciences and philosophy at the Jyväskylä University in Finland, held public lecture entitled “Recent municipal territorial reforms in Finland”. The lecture, held at the Faculty of Law in Zagreb on 13 April 2012, was organized by the Institute of Public Administration and Study center for public finance and public administration, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb. The lecture gathered a great number of professors of the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Political Sciences, members of the Institute of Public Administration, members of other institutes and students. The moderator of the lecture was Anamarija Musa, assistant professor at the Chair of Administrative Science at the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb and the leader of international cooperation of the Institute of Public Administration.

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New issue of the "Croatian and Comparative Public Administration"

The majority of scientific and professional papers published in the new issue of the „Croatian and Comparative Public Administration“ Journal (No. 1/2012) deal with various topics on local self-government in Europe as well as with certain aspects of public management in Croatia. Prof. István Temesi, Ándras Szalai and Renáta Tábit deal with various aspects of local self-government in Hungary. In that respect, prof. Temesi writes on status of capital city of Budapest, Szalai explains status of Hungarian villages, whereas Tabit deals with towns with county status. Prof. Michêle Breuillard, prof. Stéphane Guérard and prof. Guillaume Protiêre are concerned with local self-government in France. Breuillard explains the status of Paris, Guérard deals with decentralization process and regulation of French «new communes» while Protiêre elaborates the status of French metropolises. Frédéric Delauneville deals also with local self-government by explaining the special status of the city of Bratislava. Three papers deal with public management in Croatia. Prof. Jure Šimović and doc. Tereza Rogić Lugarić explain public utilities services and financial instruments, Morena Mičetić-Fabić analyses the organizational adjustment of Croatian local units for the implementation of EU funds, while Nada Pejić and Krešimir Buntak research whether delegation may increase the efficiency of state administration. Prof. Kristian Sabo, prof. Rudolf Scitovski and mr.sc. Petar Taler apply the mathematic model on the analysis of the possible number of constituencies in Croatia.
In this issue you may also find new court and administrative practice of the European Court of Human Rights, the Administrative Court of the Republic of Croatia and Civil Service Commission of the Republic of Croatia. Three news from international and domestic conferences have been published, as well as an interview in English language given by prof. Ivan Koprić and Tijana Vukojičić Tomić on the right to vote for Croatian citizens living abroad. The new issue is concluded with glossary on public policy. In total, this issue contains nine scientific papers (five thereof written in English) and two professional papers written in English.