Eastern Partnership Academy of Public Administration (EPAPA) came into existence during the Polish presidency of the EU Council. The idea of its creation was announced by the Prime Minister Donald Tusk during the 2nd Eastern Partnership Summit on 29-30 September 2011 in Warsaw. The creation of the Academy turned up in the records of the final declaration adopted during the Summit.
The program aims at strengthening government administration in the Eastern Partnership countries by organizing specialized trainings for civil servants from the partner countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. It helps in creating professional civil service in this countries, which constitutes an expert background essential for implementing the principles of democratic rule of law and modern economy based on knowledge. The Department of Development Cooperation has been implementing the programme since 2011 in cooperation with the National School of Public Administration (KSAP).
The trainings are carried out according to the following thematic blocks:
- European integration, including negotiations, EU institutions, comitology;
- civil service: including management through values, civil service reform;
- economics and business: including trainings concerning public funds, management control, project management, small and medium enterprises;
- reform of local governments.
Over the period of 2011 – 2016, 20 training modules have been organized for 382 officials from the countries of the Eastern Partnership.
Georgian public administration representatives constituted the largest number of participants (123), then the Ukrainian representatives (87) and Moldovan (76). The Azerbaijani government administration was represented by 38 officials, Armenian by 37 and Belorussian by 21.