In the first half of 2020 – during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic – public sector organizations had to resort to various interventions and tactics and introduce new/different communication channels in order to continue to effectively play their roles in relation to service users/parties, as well as to efficiently organize civil servants’ tasks. Some of these approaches immediately proved to be a value added also for the future, while others continue to cause problems when searching for a balance between protection of legally defined public interest and exercising private rights.

The international event will bring together speakers – researchers and other interested stakeholders in respect of the main policy and organizational challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic faced by the heads of public sector organizations, public servants, service users/parties, and all other stakeholders of public sector organizations, e.g. other institutions involved in specific administrative procedures. The experiences of the first wave of the pandemic can help us understand the most salient drivers and barriers for classically and remotely run activities, in order to formulate the recommendations for agile operations of public sector organizations and adequate policy responses.

Admission free online registration is required until Wednesday (25. 11. 2020). Additional info is available on


14:55-15:00 Participants connect to the online
(Zoom link:

15:00-15:10 Addresses by the organisers and welcome speeches
Aleksander Aristovnik | Director, Zavod 14 and University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Šarka Prat | Member of the Board of Directors, ELF
Peter Pogačar | Director General at Ministry of Public Administration, Slovenia

15:10-16:55 Webinar: Public organizations’ adaptation to new working environment during the Covid-19 pandemic – challenges and opportunities

Covid-19 and public sector organizations – A View from Ministry of Public Administraion
Peter Pogačar – Director General at Ministry of Public Administration, Slovenia

Covid-19 and public sector organizations – An International Comparisons
Dejan Ravšelj & Lan Umek
University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Covid-19 as a driver for digitalized administrative units in Slovenia
Polonca Kovač – University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Covid-19 and its impact on German public administrations
Bernhard Hirsch & Fabienne-Sophie Schäfer – Bundeswehr University Munich, Germany

Covid-19 and public sector organizations – Case of Czech Republic
Marie Bohata – College of International and Public Relations Prague, Czech Republic

Covid-19 and public sector organizations – An Updated Insight into Turkey’s Pandemic Policy Implementation
Onur Kulac & Cenay Babaoglu – Pamukkale University & Selçuk University, Turkey

Moderator: Dejan Ravšelj

16:55-17:00 Break

17:00-17:55 Workshop: Implications of Covid-19 pandemic on organizational changes and digitalization of public organizations – a call for an adequate policy response

Moderator: Nina Tomaževič

17:55-18:00 Concluding remarks









An event organised by the European Liberal Forum (ELF). Supported by Zavod 14 in collaboration with Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit. Co-funded by the European Parliament.

Neither the European Parliament nor the European Liberal Forum are responsible for the content of the programme, or for any use that may be made of it. The views expressed herein are those of the speaker(s) alone. These views do not necessarily reflect those of the European Parliament and/or the European Liberal Forum asbl.