Focus: Public Management in the Mediterranean – About MED

MEDThe Euro-Mediterranean Dialogues on Public Management, MEDs, aim to be the place for exchange of best practices, ideas and analyses on Public Management, which prevail in each of our countries in the Mediterranean.

Gathering officials, practitioners; academics as well as researchers, MEDs intend to:

  • Promote exchanges and cooperation between public actors in the Mediterranean;
  • Strengthen the community of young researchers, future elite of public managers and academics in the Mediterranean
  • Provide an opportunity for young people to consolidate their experiences in professional networks
  • Facilitate exchange of ideas and proposals for improving Public Management practices in the Mediterranean
  • Promote the richness of Aix-Marseille University and our region with our partners and participants

The Euro-Mediterranean Dialogues on Public Management intend to develop new institutional partnerships and to establish a sustainable Euro-Mediterranean dimension between the North, the South and the Arab countries in integrating new people and new perspectives.


  • MED 1: Aix-en-Provence, France,from 8 to 10 October 2008 on the theme « Reforms in the Public Sector »
  • MED 2 : Portoroz–Piran, Slovenia, from 7 to10 October 2009 with EMUNI on the theme « Local Public Services and Territorial Management »
  • MED 3: Tunis, Tunisia, from 6 to 8 October 2010, with Faculté des sciences économiques, juridiques et sociales, Université de Tunis on the theme : «Sustainable Development and Public Action»
  • MED 4: Rabat, Morocco, from 12 to 14 October 2011 with ENA Morocco, Mohamed Agdal V University and ISCAE on the theme « Governance, Culture and Territorial Development »
  • MED 5: Amman, Jordan, from 25 to 27 September 2012 jointly organised with the Regional Conference of the European Training Foundation (ETF) on the theme:“Education and Training: Policy and Public Management Challenges for Skills Development”. The Local organiser, the Jordan National Institute for training, NIT, organised the PhD workshop.
  • MED6: Marseille, France, from 7-9 Ocotber 2013, with the IMPGT from Aix Marseille University on the theme: “Cultures for change, changes through Culture
  • MED7: Rome, Italy, 8, 9 & 10 October 2014, on “Societal government and innovative public management: Challenges for the Euro-MENA area” with the University of Rome Tor Vergata.

Founding Partners

The European Group for Public Administration: EGPA is the Regional Group of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences, EGPA purpose is to strengthen contacts and exchanges among European specialists in Public Administration, both scholars and practitioners. EGPA organizes an annual conference and is involved in various dialogues, including the Euro Mediterranean Dialogues of Public Management, MED. EGPA encourages young PhD students to present and discuss their research. EGPA strives to preserve European public administration traditions in organizing access to a database of publications in various European languages.

The Institute of Public Management and Territorial Governance, IMPGT – Aix Marseille University: Established in 1996, IMPGT is the only French Unit of Research and Training, UFR, in Public Management. Dedicated to the teaching of trades and professions related to the management of the public sector, IMPGT approach is multidisciplinary (law, economics and management) extended to social sciences and applies to non-profit sector. Main fields of research are: Comparative analysis of local government management; Performance management in the public sector; Public sector marketing and management of public service quality; Arts management and cultural events. With an international outlook, IMPGT has developed a particular expertise on the Mediterranean basin.

L’Ecole Nationale d’Administration Française, ENA Established in 1945, ENA aims to broaden access to the highest executive levels of government service, and to provide professional training for senior civil servants. The school’s principal responsibility is to recruit and train the men and women who will make public service a living institution and enable it to adapt to ever-changing times. At the same time, the school must pass on the ethics of government service to its graduates, based on the values of responsibility, political neutrality and selfless service. In this context, ENA maintains historical relations in North Africa and the Middle East, through the national schools of administration.


For the pertinence the Public Management priorities:


  • The relation between Education/Training and Employability motivated the partnership with ETF, European Training Foundation (Partnership agreement 2011)<br
    The ETF’ mission is to help transition and developing countries to harness the potential of their human capital through the reform of education, training and labor market systems in the context of the EU’s external relations policy.

A reflexion on Innovation with SNA, the Italian National School of Administration:

  • In 2012, the SNA (then known as SSPA) in partnership with OECD created in Caserta a Centre MENA-OECD for E-governance (Agreement July 2012)
    SNA :

For the geopolitical pertinence:

  • To extend the Euro-Mediterranean zone, to share research results, to enrich the francophone approach with Anglo-Saxon influences, to optimize the Arab cultural space and increase the networks with ARADO
  • OCEMO brings together civil society and provides people from south of the Mediterranean with a new way of getting involved. The Arab Spring was a wake-up call for international organizations, showing them people’s frustrations and needs. Experts will find in OCEMO a place to work, think and share ideas with civil society and executives.


Young Projects

Each year, the MED holds a doctoral seminar for young Mediterranean researchers.

Objective: To provide doctoral students with a unique opportunity to develop their research skills and to further discuss their thesis with well-known professors and specialists in Euro-Mediterranean Public Management.

Since MED 1, these seminars have strengthened the community of young researchers from the Mediterranean Basin

The ETF, EGPA and IMPGT launched in 2012 the Young Mediterranean Leaders initiative, YML, to meet the tension between population growth, youth unemployment, low returns to education and the low participation of young leaders in policy decisions.
Objective: To strengthen the capacity of selected Mediterranean youth to enable them to contribute their ideas and contribute to the development of public policies in the region.