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1 European Environment Agency / FLIS Blossom meeting / June 2013 / Copenhagen Dr. Ana Jakil Federal Chancellery of Austria Department for Environment, Sustainability and Transport Need for an overview of the use of forward- looking information in the country and reflection about the Blosson case study in Austria

2 1.FLI in the Federal Institutions Recent Practices  Division of responsibility between policymaking (Ministries) and policy analysis (federal agencies, institutes, external consultancy, universities)  Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI)  Joanneum Research – Policies  Wegener Center, Graz  University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU)  Alpen-Adria University  Technical University Vienna  Technical University Graz  Institute of International Political Affairs etc.  Austrian Federal Environment Agency (UBA)  Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT)  Austrian Conference on Spatial Planning (ÖROK)  Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO)  Central Institute for Meterology and Geodynamics  International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)  Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW)  Institute of Advanced Studies (IHS)

3 1. FLI in the Federal Institutions Recent Practices  Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology – Urban Megatrends / Transnational Foresight process to identify societal challenges in face of global megatrends / Strategic Research Agenda – – E-Trans 2050 / Future visions of the Austrian Energy System / Options and strategies for the sustainable Austrian energy system  BMLFUW / BMASK / BMWF – Implications of a persistent low growth path – a scenario analysis / reference scenario with an AGR of the Austrian GDP of 2.0%, low-growth scenario with an aver-age growth rate of 0.55% per annum until 2025 / policy scenario / measures  ÖROK –2009 Spatial Scenarios Austria 2030 / by Rosinac & Partner / ÖAR / scenarios for environment, 4 integrated spatial scenarios (overall growth, competition, security and risk), SWOT for sectoral and spatial policies / Austrian Spatial Development Concept 2011  trends: heterogeneity of futures research approaches, qualitative methods, participatory approaches, long-term focus, multi- stakeholder collaboration, increased use of FLI in policymaking

4 2. Barriers to Using FLI in Policymaking Institutional Barriers  no governance mechanisms for interministerial /intersectoral and vertical exchange and integration of the Foresight activities and of their use in the sectoral policies  only ad hoc interministerial cooperation on futures questions  no systematic training in Government Foresight, lacking in- house methodical capacity at the Ministries  late involvement of policymakers in the FL activities  financial and time restraints  no overview of generation and use of the FLI for development and implementation of environmental policies across sectors =) only sources of information: FLIS Blossom, EFP

5 2. Barriers to Using FLI in Policymaking Cognitive Barriers 1.Time Horizon: structural preference of the present in democracies, neoliberal paradigm 2.Spatial Horizon: state/local centred perspective, absolute notion of space 3.Issue Horizon: issue centred perspective, sectoral compartmentalisation of regulatory responsibilities 4.Dynamic Horizon: trend thinking, cultural contempt, overenthusiasm of everything new 5.Power Horizon: policymaking as rationality projects and policies as bounded invariable outputs 6.Ethical Horizon: I will if you will mentality

6 6 | 3. Federal Chancellery of Austria responsible for coordinating general government policy of the Federal Government and the Federal constitution. has responsibility for special matters such as regulatory impact assessment, sustainability coordination, women and equality, European policy. Federal Chancellor is „primus inter pares“ Dr. Ana Jakil |17 June 2013

7 3. Federal Chancellery of Austria 7 | Federal Chancellor Werner Faymann Cabinett of the Federal Chancellor Federal Minister for Women and Civil Service Bureau of the Federal Minister State Secretary Josef Ostermayer Bureau of the State Secretary Division I: General Matters Division II: Women and Gender Equality Division III: Civil Service and Administrative Innovation Division IV: Coordination Division V: The Constitutional Service Division VII: Federal Press Service Dr. Ana Jakil |17 June 2013

8 8 | 3. Federal Chancellery of Austria Division IV: Coordination Department IV/2 Environment, Sustainability, Transport Department IV/3 Financial Control of the European Regional Development Fund Department IV/4 Spatial Development and Regional Policy Department IV/6 Security Affairs Department IV/8 Finance, Agriculture Division EU General Matters, OECD, Economy, Employment, Social Affairs Department IV/1 Economy, Employment, Energy Department IV/5 General matters of Austria’s membership in the EU, matters concerning the EC, social affairs, health Department IV/7 General issues of the OECD, Science and Research, Technology, Education Strategic policy unit consisting of 7 “mirror departments” Dr. Ana Jakil |17 June 2013

9 4. Federal Chancellery of Austria Interest in the FLI  Improving policy development and implementation; using Foresight as a vehicle  Exploring applicative potential of Government Foresight for: 1.policies (strategies, action plans, progress reports, funding) 2.ex-ante policy instruments (regulatory impact assessment, strategic environmental assessment) 3.strategic coordination Promoting systematic interministerial/intersectoral/multilevel exchange on Government Foresight Promoting continuous, structured and methodically robust generation and use of Government Foresight

10 6. Federal Chancellery of Austria Information Needs on the FLI Evaluation of added value and impacts of FLI for developing and implementing robust regulative and policy frame (Government Foresight ordered by issues, methods, spatial/temporal horizon, institutions and application area) Analysis and improvement of coordinating mechanisms and practices for vertical and horizontal integration of the FLI into policymaking Assessment of the necessary methodical capacity building and training measures for exercising and using Government Foresight Government Foresight Networking Database (competencies and references of institutions) 10 |Dr. Ana Jakil |17 June 2013

11 FLIS Blossom Case Study Austria Perception at Federal Level  Usefulnes: valuable input on the FLI and its use in the environmental policymaking in Austria; increased comparability of institutional practices with other EU MS  Challenges: ongoing revision, better dissemination, participatory approach, enhanced issue and spatial horizon (social dimension), definition of FLI/Foresight, evaluation of the use of FLI for ex-ante and ex-post policy instruments; synergies with the similar EU projects (e.g. EFP, LIAISE)

12 Thank you for your attention. Contact: Dr. Ana Jakil Federal Chancellery of Austria Department for Environment, Sustainable Development and Transport Ballhausplatz 1, 1014 Vienna phone:


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