The European Public Administration Network (EUPAN) is an informal network of the Directorates-Generals (DGs) responsible for public administration in the Member States of the European Union, the European Commission (EC) and observer countries.
A network is an informal organisation connecting people or organisations that may or may not have a formal line of command. Members of the network often share values and interests.
A public service organisation is any institution, service organisation or system, which is under the policy direction of and controlled by an elected government (national, federal, regional or local). It includes organisations that deal with development of policy and enforcement of law, i.e. matters that could not be regarded strictly as services.