EUPAN Meeting on Human Resource Management in Public Administration, Dealing with Older Workers and Talents

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The meeting of directors general responsible for public administration from EU member states, observer countries, representatives of the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA), the national and European trade union delegation (TUNED), the European Commission and other guests held within the framework of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU and aimed to exchange experiences and good practices in the field of human resource management in the public administration. The main topic was the management of older employees and talents in public administration.

The event was chaired by Mr. Peter Pogacar, Director General of the Public Sector Directorate at the Ministry of Public Administration, and officially opened its doors with a welcome from Mr. Boštjan Koritnik, Minister of Public Administration, and Ms. Gertrud Ingestad, Director General of Human Resources and Security at the European Commission.

Mr Koritnik began by saying that digital technologies have already radically changed the way governments and employees work. “This trend will only continue to develop in the future. We have a large share of different hybrid ways of working and more interconnected organizations, virtual teams and tech-powered workplaces than ever before. The new working methods emphasize the need for employees to constantly adapt their skills. At the same time, we must be aware that any technological change will only be successful if people trust and use it.

In his remarks, the Minister also spoke of the field of talent management, saying that it can be understood as the proactive use of strategies to tailor workforce management to the needs of specific groups in order to achieve organizational goals. As he stressed, public administrations should focus on the systematic attraction, identification, development, retention and deployment of talent from all age groups. Greater use of talent management tools and practices can be an effective part of age-sensitive workforce development strategies, he said.

The event featured an opening speech by Elsa Pilichowski, Director of Public Administration at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), followed by a presentation of a study on aging and management. Talents in Public Administration, conducted by the OECD in collaboration with the Slovenian Ministry of Public Administration.

The morning part of the meeting ended with a workshop where participants discussed the challenges and added value of good practices in different areas of aging and talent management (intergenerational cooperation, attracting, recruiting and retaining employees , inclusive aging in the workplace and succession planning, leadership focused on mobility and development in talent management).

The following people contributed to the content of the event with their presentations: Gertrud Ingestad with an update on the HR strategy of the Commission, the representatives of SIGMA (OECD) presented the conclusions of the follow-up of SIGMA PAR 2021 in the region Western Balkans as well as the upcoming change in the principles of public administration, Director General Peter Pogačar spoke about the evaluation of the current EUPAN Strategy Paper and the proposed EUPAN eNews initiative as a regular activity of the EUPAN network, and Barbara Zupanc presented the EUPAN eNews initiative as a regular activity the activity of the EUPAN network, the EUPAN eNews initiative as a regular activity of the EUPAN network, Daniel Gerson, Senior Policy Analyst at OECD, spoke about the project to strengthen the resilience of public administration through CAF, and Daniele Dotto, Deputy Director of DG REFORM at the European Commission, summarized the information on the Commission’s initiative to set up an expert group on public administration and governance. The individual presentations were concluded by Florian Blazy, Director General of Administration and Public Services at the Ministry of Public Sector Transformation and Public Administration, who presented the program and priorities of the French Presidency.


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