ESPAC Initiative PROGRAM
Overview: ESPAC Initiative Program aims to contribute to the improvement of Government Performance in Economic Development and the Job Delivery process on Regional and Local level in order to reflect the new realities in the world. ESPAC Initiative Partners believe that ISO’s Standardization and Certification for Local Governments Quality Systems is a powerful instrument for achieving this goal. In the era of globalization and incredible regional competition for investment capital and other factors for growth, in order to develop domestic potential, the Regional and Local Governments are expected to shift their mission from acting as Public Administrators towards acting as Public Managers. ESPAC Initiative Partners have identified the Regional and Local Governments CAPACITY FOR STRATEGIC PLANNING as a KEY FACTOR for Regional and Local Governments to fulfill their new mission in 21 Century. The Partners believe that the ISO Standardization and Certification process should reflect this new trend. However, the Partners fully understand that this will require building a NEW LEVEL OF KNOWLEDGE by both the Regional and Local Governments of which their Quality Management Systems are subject of assessment, and the Auditors who are doing the assessment. The need of a new level of competence for the ISO auditors has been already recognized. The new update of Standard ISO/IEC 17012 provides a two year period for ISO auditors to adapt to the new requirements. ESPAC Initiative aims to provide expert support which will help the ISO auditors to adjust to these new requirements by building a new level of knowledge in STRATEGIC PLANNING which, as it was said before, the Partners believe is crucial for Governments’ Performance in Economic Development and Job Delivery today. Based on its rich practical and academic knowledge, ESPAC Initiative Partners want to equip ISO Auditors with KNOW-HOW which they can use while doing conformity assessment in the field of Planning. This KNOW-HOW will help ISO 9001 – 2008 auditors recognize whether a specific Quality Management System in the public sector posses the OPTIMAL CAPACITY FOR STRATEGIC PLANNING and how to distinguish CAPACITY FOR STRATEGIC PLANNING ON PAPER by CAPACITY IN REALITY. ESPAC Initiative Partners believe that one and the same ISO Certificate issued to a Local Government in well performing region and to a Local Government in region delivering a poor quality of public product raises questions about the quality of the assessment process. ESPAC Initiative is proposing a number of steps which can help this controversy to be solved and the ISO 9001 – 2008 Certificates impact on the quality of the public product to be optimized.
STEPS TO BE PROPOSED ON WORLD LEVEL
1.) NEW INDICATORS CONCERNING “RESULTS” IN LOCAL GOVERNMENTS QUALITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS’ ASSESSMENT TO BE SUGGESTED: ESPAC Initiative suggests new indicators for “RESULTS” to be included in Local Governments Quality Management Systems’ Assessment: Number of Jobs Created; Investment Funds Attracted; New Businesses Opened; Land rehabilitated; Public Investments Returns Rate
2.) TARGETED ASSESSMENT KNOW – HOW FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS QUALITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS TO BE DEVELOPED AND SUGGESTED FOR IMPLEMENTATION: In order to improve the Local Governments’ Performance in Economic Development and Job Delivery, ESPAC Initiative will develop KNOW – HOW for TARGETED ASSESSMENT of each of the ELEMENTS of the Quality Management System (Organizational Structure, Planning, Process, Resources, Documentation)
including newly proposed indicators for “RESULTS”
3.) SECOND EDITION OF ISO/IEC 17012 TO TAKE UNDER CONSIDERATION THE NEWLY DEVELOPED KNOW – HOW FOR TARGETED ASSESSMENT: The KNOW – HOW for TARGETED ASSESSMENT of each of the ELEMENTS of Local Governments’ Quality Management Systems (to be developed by ESPAC Initiative) will be offered to ISO in order ISO/IEC 17021 to be updated
4.) SPECIALIZED TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR IMPLEMENTING THE NEWLY DEVELOPED KNOW – HOW FOR TARGETED ASSESSMENT TO BE PROPOSED TO AUDITING COMPANIES: In order to improve Local Governments’ Performance in Economic Development and Job Delivery, and to assist the certification companies in their 2 – year period of adaptation to the second edition of the International Standard ISO/IEC 17021 (which sets new requirements for the auditing of management systems and for auditor competence in order to increase the value of management systems certification to public and private sector organizations worldwide) ESPAC Initiative will develop SPECIALIZED TRAINING PROGRAMS for implementing the KNOW – HOW for TARGETED ASSESSMENT in the Local Governments’ Quality Management Systems
5.) SPECIALIZED TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR ASSISTING THE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO ADJUST THEIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS TO THE NEWLY DEVELOPED KNOW – HOW FOR TARGETED ASSESSMENT: In order to assist the Local Governments achieving the increased requirements towards their Quality Management Systems in the field of Economic development and Job Delivery, ESPAC Initiative will develop Specialized Training Programs in Economic Development Strategic Planning
STEPS TO BE PROPOSED ON EUROPEAN LEVEL
1.) EU MEMBERS/ EU FUNDING: Mandatory ISO 9001 – 2008 certification for EU Regions (NUTS 2 and 1) eligible for EU Funding to be suggested
2.) EU CANDIDATE MEMBERS: Mandatory ISO 9001 – 2008 certification to be suggested as a part of EU pre- accession conditionality
Reshaping European Public Administration for Global Competition
European economy is a unique mix of developed and developing economies. European economy is also a mix of national economies based on productivity as a model for growth and economies based on consumption. These structural differences are significant. They have been serving as a driver for growth in the framework of European Single Market during times of stable world economy by securing European markets for European production. However, the recent political unrest in North Africa generating increased refugee flow and the Eurozone crisis proved this formula to be too risky and dangerously shaking the whole system in times when consumption decreases and unemployment increases. The need of restructuring the European economies based on consumption is vital. Regional and Local Governments are major actors in this transition. ESPAC Initiative Partners have recognized the Economic Development Strategic Planning Capacity as a Key for developing strong regional economies in Europe, especially in the EU frontline territories.. In order to address these issues ESPAC Initiative wants to build Standards for Governments Performance in Economic Development and Jobs Delivery. Secondly, ESPAC Initiative wants to incorporate these standards in ISO Certification Process. As a third step, ESPAC Initiative wants to implement Training Programs in Economic Development Strategic Planning which will assist the Regional and Local Governments in European lagging regions to meet the newly developed standards.