The European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)

The Institute was created in 1981 on the occasion of the first European Council held in Maastricht, and is supported by the EU Member States and the European Commission.

EIPA is the place where people who deal with European affairs can learn in a multicultural environment and benefit from a unique combination of practical know-how and scientific excellence. With its headquarters in Maastricht and Centres in Luxembourg and Barcelona, EIPA helps European public officials to meet the challenges of European Union policies and the complexities of modern public management.

The organisation

EIPA’s Board of Governors is composed of representatives of the EU Member States and the Institute’s associated members. These representatives form a permanent link between EIPA and national public administrations, and also guarantee a strong institutional network at the highest level of public administration throughout Europe. The Board is chaired by Mr Guy Verhofstadt, President of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) and former Prime Minister of Belgium.

The Director-General, Prof. Dr Marga Pröhl (DE), former Head of Division in the Department of Administrative Modernisation, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Germany, is responsible for the formulation and implementation of the Institute's policies, day-to-day management and the representation of EIPA.

At the headquarters in Maastricht, the Netherlands, EIPA has three Units dealing respectively with:

The Institute has established two centres across Europe: 


EIPA’s Work

In fulfilling its core mission to provide relevant and high quality services to develop the capacities of public officials dealing with EU affairs, EIPA works along three lines: Learning & Development, Consultancy and Research. The training activities are complemented and enriched by applied research and consultancy missions, and are designed for national and regional public administrations, as well as the European Institutions. EIPA’s work contributes towards a better knowledge of the European integration process and European policies, whilst strengthening the capacity of public servants to perform effectively in this area.

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EIPA has been evaluated and approved by Dekra and was found to comply with the quality management norm NEN-EN-ISO 9001:2008.
EIPA has been evaluated by Cedeo Company Training Courses Foundation and -based on the positive result of the Customer Satisfaction Survey- was granted the 'Cedeo Approved' status. EIPA is approved by NBA (Koninklijke Nederlandse Beroepsorganisatie van Accountants) to award PE points to relevant training courses.