Keywords: EU-funded projects, education for local and regional civil servants, NGOs and civil society
In June 2014, SDA Bocconi School of Management (Italy) kicked off a series of 8 training seminars on multi-level governance, commissioned by the Veneto Region (Italy) and targeted to the partners of the project AdriGov (Adriatic Governance Operational Plan) an international project financed by the IPA Adriatic Cross border Cooperation Programme 2007-2013.
The 8 trainings have been held in the entire cooperation area (Italy, Croatia, Albania, Montenegro, Greece and Bosnia Herzegovina). Specifically in Croatia two seminars were held in Dubrovnik and Pula with the collaboration of the Croatian Regional authorities (Istria County and Dubrovnik Neretva County).
Participants were selected on the basis of criteria determined by all the project partners and Veneto Region were responsible for the definition of contents of training courses.
Veneto Region and SDA Bocconi organized the training courses and all the partners contributed to select the participants and to promote the training courses in their own territories.
The expected result of the entire cycle of seminars was to ensure the staff of project partners develop their theoretical knowledge and practical skills on the issue of multi-level governance.
In Croatia, the seminar were held in Dubrovnik on 4-5 September 2014, targeted to the staff of Regional Development Agency, Dubrovnik County and Dubrovnik InterUniversity Center and in Pula (Istria) on 20-21 October 2014, targeted to regional stakeholders.
In keeping with the preferences expressed by the target group, the seminar focused on organizations can make their point of view taken into account at the European and National level (“upward” multi-level governance).
The seminars were held at Regional Headquarters in Dubrovnik and Pula in four days (two days in each location), designed as follows:
-Day One included, first of all, an introduction to the concept of multi-level governance and its implications, as well as a discussion of the drivers behind its growing relevance. Secondly, participants had the opportunity to reflect on how stakeholder analysis can be purposefully carried out also thanks to a role-play. The role-play served as the starting point to introduce the concept of “framing”.
-Day Two focused, first of all, on how public issues are “framed”. Secondly, participants had the opportunity to reflect on the agenda setting process also thanks to a case discussion. In closing, concepts were wrapped up and a possible methodology to design a successful policy proposal was presented and discussed.