In 2014-2015, four teams of College of Europe students (Falcone and Borsellino promotion) were asked to study the problems of a leading European public administration – and propose innovative solutions to the challenges those agencies face. This year, the case studies all focused on a winner of the European Commission’s European Capital of Innovation ‘iCapital’ Award, given to the most innovative cities in the European Union. The four cities were Barcelona, Spain; Espoo, Finland; Groningen, the Netherlands and Paris, France. The students were tasked to help these leading cities’ public administrations to better understand their public sector challenges and to make concrete recommendations on how best to improve their innovation strategies.
Throughout the project, the students were coached by a team of transformation managers at Accenture, along with faculty and staff of the College of Europe and the Lisbon Council. Later, the case studies were competitively evaluated by a jury of high-level present and former civil servants, the Government Executive Innovation Circle. This year, the jury was led by Neelie Kroes, special envoy for startups and leader of the Startup Delta Initiative in the Netherlands and former vice-president of the European Commission.
To conclude this year-long programme, Herman Van Rompuy, president emeritus of the European Council and former prime minister of Belgium, awarded The 2015 Public Sector Innovation Prize to the Barcelona team, which won with a case study looking at expanding mobility in the Catalonia capital. The final results are published in College of Europe Student Case Studies Final Report 2015.
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