The Role of National Agencies in the New Generation of EU Programmes

The Hague/Scheveningen, 18 November 2005


Thursday, 17 November 2005

19.00    Welcome dinner hosted by ACA

Friday, 18 November 2005


Registrations and coffee


Welcome address
Sander van den Eijnden, President, Nuffic


Plenary Session: Setting the scene
New paradigms for the management of European programmes? The status of National Agencies
Bernd Wächter, Director, ACA


Overview of different concepts of National Agencies
Chair: Franziska Muche, Senior Officer, ACA

Short presentations (10 minutes each):

Several agencies for the different programme strings with one major agency for higher education that goes beyond EU programmes
Hanneke Teekens, Nuffic, the Netherlands 

A segmented structure: separate agencies for EU programmes, national programmes and other internationalisation activities
Bertrand Sulpice, Égide, France

One agency serves all programme strings
Mikko Nupponen, CIMO, Finland

The National Agency as part of the ministry
Anne-Marie de Jonghe, VLIR, Belgium

Meeting the new requirements: the setting up of a Swiss agency
Verena Weber, Federal Office for Education and Science
Mathias Stauffacher, CRUS, Switzerland


Lunch break


Plenary session: Issues at stake

Governance and status of the National Agency

Questions to be addressed:
- Status and concept of National Agencies; legal and financial regulations
- How governmental can a “non-governmental agency” be?
- Establishing an agency: appointed by the government or through a (national or Europe-wide) tendering procedure?

Chair: Hanneke Teekens, Nuffic

Input statements (7 minutes each):
Danusa Pasiaková, CSVS, Czech Republic
Sue Ling, British Council, UK


Plenary session: Issues at stake

Concept and design of the National Agency

Questions to be addressed:
- One integrated agency for an integrated programme or different agencies for each of the programme pillars (school education, higher education, vocational training, adult education)?
- Beyond EU programmes: chances and risks of an integrated management of EU programmes, national and (non-EU) international scholarship programmes, higher education marketing, etc. How do different National Agencies manage to connect the management of EU programmes to a wider range of activities?
- Cooperation between different National Agencies, an un(der)used potential?

Chair: Judith Hemery, British Council, UK

Input statements (7 minutes each):
Siegbert Wuttig, DAAD, Germany
Rait Toompere, Archimedes Foundation, Estland


Coffee break


Plenary session and final discussion

Cooperation between National Agencies, national authorities and the European Commission

Questions to be addressed:
- Tied to the apron strings of Brussels – who decides what? How far goes decentralisation and hence competencies of the National Agencies? Who is responsible for selection? Are National Agencies Brussels’ servants or advocates of their “clients”, i.e. higher education institutions and other programme beneficiaries? 
- What are quality standards/requirements on the National Agencies under the new programme? What should an operating framework to be agreed upon by National Agencies, national authorities and the European Commission look like? Should there be quality standards for the European Commission and the Executive Agency?
- The role of the new Executive Agency – an old shoe with a new name?

Chair: Mikko Nupponen, CIMO, Finland

Input Statements (7 minutes each):
Neza Pajnič, CMEPIUS, Slovenia
Siegbert Wuttig, DAAD, Germany
John Stringer, Expert on EU funding and project management, Belgium


Closing remarks and farewell
Peter Scott, President, Academic Cooperation Association


End of seminar


ACA dinner hosted by Nuffic