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EGPA by Laws

1 _ EGPA

EGPA is the representative organization of European professionals involved in the field of public administration at large, as practitioners, researchers, trainers or teachers. EGPA is a regional group of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS), in accordance with Article 34f of IIAS Statutes.


The objectives of EGPA are the following:

  • to develop public administration contingent on the European environment
  • to foster comparative studies and the development of administrative theory within a European perspective
  • to facilitate the application of corresponding innovative ideas and technologies
  • to organize and encourage an exchange of information relative to developments in the theory and practice of public administration
  • to stimulate and promote participation of young professionals in its activities
  • to set up appropriate permanent or occasional networks related to common research interests amongst European professionals both academic and practitioners active in the field of public administration


  • EGPA organizes an annual meeting, study groups for comparative research, publications and fosters contacts with European professionals and organizations in the field of public administration.
  • EGPA may invite scholars from non-European countries working on European issues to participate in EGPA conferences, thus fostering institutional contacts and exchanges with professional organizations in the field of public administration outside Europe to attain its objectives.


  • Membership is open to individual European professionals who are mainly involved in teaching, research and practice in the field of public administration, including such disciplines as public management and organization, administrative law, policy making and evaluation, and management methods applicable in the public service.
  • In this context the public service includes traditional civil service, international, European, national, regional and local authorities, para-statal and state-sponsored institutions and enterprises
  • Institutional membership aims at institutions in Europe involved and active in this frame of reference
  • Members benefits :
    • Corporate members receive a copy of IRAS Journal and a discount on a selection of EGPA publications. Members may send three representatives to the Conferences and dialogues at reduced rates
    • Members of these institutions have access to the EGPA network and to EGPA Study Groups activities


General Assembly

The General Assembly includes all EGPA members and is the governing body that confirms the appointment of members proposed for the Steering Committee, EGPA policies, the budget, and the membership fee required to cover budgetary expenditure. It likewise approves the programme of activities as proposed by the Steering Committee.

The General Assembly shall meet on the occasion of the Annual Conference. Members who attend shall do so at their own expense.

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is comprised of a President and nine other members. The Director General of IIAS is an ex-officio member of the Steering Committee. The members of the Steering Committee are proposed by the Steering Committee and confirmed by the General Assembly for a three-year term, renewable only once. No institutional member shall have more than one of its members on the Committee at any given time.

The Steering Committee shall, notably:

  • arrange for the convening of meetings of the General Assembly, Conferences and Workshops and for the implementation of such decisions as the General Assembly may take
  • elaborate action programmes
  • present for approval to the General Assembly the annual report, the written statement of accounts and the budget for the next year
  • propose the amount of membership fee necessary to meet the budget


The President is appointed by the Steering Committee amongst its members for a three-year term, which may be renewed. He shall serve from the close of the Conference of his appointment until the close of the Conference three years later.

The President must have been member of the Steering Committee for at least one year prior to his appointment

The President will be assisted by an Executive Secretary chosen in accordance with the Director General of IIAS


When voting in the General Assembly, each individual member shall have one vote, institutional members will have no more than two votes, to be cast by their duly appointed representatives.

In the event of a tie, the President shall have an additional casting vote.

Members with outstanding membership fees at the date of the meeting are not entitled to vote.


These regulations are effective upon adoption by the General Assembly and upon the approval of the Council of Administration of the Institute.

Once adopted they may be amended by two-third vote of members present at a duly called General Assembly provided that the amendments have been circulated to all members at least 30 days before the meeting, giving them an opportunity to react.

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