Governance of competent systems in the EU: from potential to reality

October 6th, from 11:30am – 12:30pm

Competent systems are both complex and innovative. Governing complex systems at all levels so as to promote innovation raises simultaneously huge potential and challenges for 21st century public policy. With a growing disconnect between citizens and political decisions, finding new ways of developing policies and taking decisions that create ownership and lead to successful implementation is one of the biggest challenges. Being outside the formal education system, the early childhood field has great potential to act as an innovative force in applying new governance mechanisms. The keynote address will look into the current theory and practice of governing early childhood systems across the EU and the particular role the EU can play in this. It will present the main tools available in the EU, their current use, the remaining challenges and ways in which they might be addressed in the future.