14 excellent schools are in the end round for the award of the German School Award (Deutscher Schulpreis) 2017. Delegations of pupils and teachers will take part in the awards ceremony with Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on 29 May. Already for the second time German schools abroad could participate in the competition.
‘We are DAS!’ was the motto of the Regional Networking Conference of Region 11, including Egypt, the Palestinian territories, Lebanon and Kenia. From 24 to 25 March, headmasters, administration managers and school board members of German schools abroad (DAS) of the region came together in Cairo.
Finally, also in region 9, eleven German schools abroad met in Dublin from 9 to 11 Mach for the First Regional Networking Conference in Central Europe. They had been invited by St. Killian's German School in Dublin and the Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA).
On 6 and 7 December 2016, a delegation from the Lithuanian Ministry of Finance visited the Federal Office of Administration (BVA) for an exchange on best practices regarding the management of ESF funding. The visit in the framework of TAIEX Regio Peer 2 Peer took place under the heading ‘Use of repayable assistance’ in the context of EU Structural Fund support.
From September to December the Federal Office of Administration (BVA) received three delegations in cooperation with the European Academy Berlin (EAB). The delegations visited the BVA under the Academy for Good Governance and Empowerment in Europe (AGREE), a programme based on collaborations of the Federal Government with the governments of Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine aimed at supporting transformation processes in the public sector of the respective country.
The closing event of the BVA Twinning Project, ‘Support to efficient prevention and fight against corruption’, held on 13 October 2016 in Skopje (Macedonia), was attended by a large number of representatives from both Macedonian and international organisations.
From 4 to 6 October 2016, a delegation from the Georgian Civil Service Bureau (CSB) visited the Federal Office of Administration (BVA) in Cologne in the framework of a study trip under the TAIEX instrument of the European Union. The visit focused on the functional analysis of public institutions. TAIEX is short for "Technical Assistance and Information Exchange instrument", an initiative of the European Commission for the promotion of cross-border administrative cooperation aimed at supporting EU candidate and neighbouring countries with regard to the approximation, application and enforcement of EU legislation.
What are decisive success factors when it comes to implementing administrative modernization projects and how can you establish sustainable processes in administrative modernization? Those were the questions the twelve representatives of the Moroccan administration brought with them when they came on a study trip to the Federal Office of Administration in Cologne on 30 September 2016.
Five representatives of the Croatian Ministry of Public Administration (MoPA) visited the Federal Office of Administration on 29 August 2016 where they hoped to gain insights into the German administrative practices for the use of EU structural funds.