European Centre for Government Transformation

The European Centre for Government Transformation (ECGT) is an initiative in public sector reform established by Accenture, the Lisbon Council and the College of Europe. In the face of pressure on public finances and increased demand for public services, the European Centre for Government Transformation provides innovative ideas, best practices and actionable solutions to EU institutions as well as national, regional and local governments on key areas of public sector reform. It comprises a powerful community (including a network of senior-level public service officials), pioneering events, ground-breaking research and strong leadership aimed at facilitating the sharing of leading practices.
Students of 2017-2018 teams at the 2018 ECGT Closing Ceremony in April 2018

Tomorrow’s leaders examine today’s challenges
Students of the Department of European Political and Governance Studies of the College of Europe are selected to take part in state transformation case studies. In small multinational teams, they assess the performance of selected public service agencies in Europe, evaluate their challenges, and formulate recommendations on the basis of best practices. After 6 months of work, including a 2-3 day site visit in the public agency, the students produce the final deliverables, an oral presentation  and a written report that are evaluated by a high-level jury. Last year’s report is available at


In 2017-2018, the case study topics and clients included:

  • Users’ engagement stragegy: Eindhoven City Council
  • Government as a platform in local public services: Stavanger City Council
  • Blockchain in local public services: Torino City Council 
Students of 2016-2017 teams at the Embassy of the Republic of France for the European Centre for Government Transformation final award ceremony in April 2017.

In 2016-2017, the case study topics and clients included

  • Bridging the city poverty gap: Amsterdam City Government
  • Manufacturing 4.0- learning from the shared knowledge: Milano City Council
  • Open innovation – A maker strategy: Paris City Council

In 2015-2016, the case study topics and clients included:

  • Open Data Strategy: Spanish Ministry of Industry, Energy & Tourism and Ministry of Finances& Public Administration
  • Grant Management Initiative: The Northern Netherlands Provinces Alliance
  • Business Service Portal Initiative: Austrian Ministry of Finance

In 2014-2015, the case study topics and clients included:

  • Micro-Distribution within Macro Blocks: City Council of Barcelona
  • Public AppLab: City of Espoo
  • Smart Users’ City: City of Groningen
  • Circular Economy: City of Paris

In 2013-2014, the case study topics and clients included:

  • Open Data: Helsinki Region Infoshare
  • Solar Energy: Regional Ministry for Enterprises, Industry and Innovation of the Spanish region of Murcia (Spain)
  • E-Health: Stockholm County Council
  • Zero-licensing: Agency for Administrative Modernisation (AMA), Lisbon, Portugal
The ECGT project helped me gain incredibly useful skills for the labour market, and it also provided me with valuable insights on consultancy work in Brussels. Furthermore, it was an amazing team experience, allowing me to work side-by-side with enthusiastic and skilled people from the College of Europe, the European Commission and  Accenture. Overall, it was one of the most enriching elements of my year at the College, both from the professional point of view and the human one.  I strongly recommend the students to take part in it. - Martina BARBERO from Italy, Open Data Team, Finland, 2013-2014 


In 2012-2013, the case study topics and clients included:

  • Economic Growth and Innovation: Region Southern Denmark
  • Zero-licensing: Agency for Administrative Modernisation (AMA), Lisbon, Portugal
  • Productivity of the Labour Force in the Justice sector: Prosecutors’ Office, Spain Social Media in the Labour Market: Pôle Emploi, Paris, France
ECGT Project provides a complete insight into public sector consultancy. During our mission on the reform of labour policies in Italy we had the opportunity to meet high level officers from the Italian Social Security Institute. With the guidance of Accenture consultants we developed a benchmark to identify the best practices from the different Member States in order to deliver a set of recommendations meeting their needs. I would highlight the ECGT Project a team experience. Working hand in hand with four colleagues during the whole academic year creates an enriching dynamic where each member of the group benefits from others’ background and expertise. - Gonzalo HERRERA DOMINGUEZ from Spain, Employment Team, Italy, 2010-2011
ECGT was one of the highlights of my year at the College. It is not a secret that ECGT added an extra workload to our already busy academic schedules but I can only recommend it to you! The project gave us a good insight to consultancy work and a chance to work on a project that really mattered – improving the breast cancer programme in one of the biggest regions in Spain. Coming from a more foreign policy background this was all very new to me and I gained lots of skills that I consider useful for any career prospects. Plus we had a great team and lots of fun together! - Outi NIEMINEN from Finland, Health Team, Spain, 2011-2012
The ECGT project is a great opportunity to be immersed in a diverse and professional environment, dealing with complex issues and working under demanding schedules. Balancing this with my studies really helped to prepare me for the transition into my current role in a Public Affairs Consultancy. The ECGT project is unique in that you work in a multi-cultural and multi-lingual team on real projects that allow you to use your experiences and insight to add genuine value to the project. The highlight for me was presenting the project at the annual European summit for Government Transformation, and hearing that the majority of our recommendations would be taken on board by our client. - Louise DAY from the United Kingdom, State Reform Team, France, 2011-2012

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