Frequently Asked Questions
What is ReSPA?
ReSPA is an abbreviation and stands for Regional School of Public Administration.
When was ReSPA Established?
ReSPA Initiative was initially formulated following the June 2003 Thessaloniki Agenda. Its development was later organised into different phases. Phase 1 started on 1 November 2006. The overall objectives of this phase have been to establish the constitutional, procedural and financial frameworks of ReSPA's operational development.
Phase 2 of the ReSPA project was formally launched during the first Governing Board meeting in 2010. The three main objectives of Phase 2 were: - to recruit and train the staff that manages ReSPA and its activities; to deliver training and networking events for officials from the administrations of the ReSPA partners; and to enhance the visibility of ReSPA and its activities.
Where is ReSPA located?
ReSPA is located in Branelovica, Danilovgrad, in Montenegro.
Where is Danilovgrad?
ReSPA is located in the main free way from Podgorica to Niksic, and it is a 22 km drive from the center of Podgorica.
Is ReSPA a local institution or an International one?
ReSPA is an International institution. It represents the entire Western Balkans.
What is the main source of funding for ReSPA?
ReSPA's activities are financed by the European Union, whereas the administrative issues of the Secretariat are financed by Member Countries.
Who are the member countries of ReSPA?
Member countries of ReSPA are Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.
How are the member countries represented at ReSPA?
ReSPA is governed by the governing Board which has each country represented in it. The governing Board Chair changes every year from one country to the other in an alphabetical order. For the year 2012, the Governing Board was chaired by Bosnia and Herzegovina.
What is the role of the Governing Board?
The governing board of ReSPA is responsible for the strategic developments and sustainability of ReSPA.
What is the employment policy at ReSPA?
ReSPA Secretariat has in the team representatives from all the countries of the region. It also employs an equal number of male and female employees.
What is the main activity of ReSPA?
ReSPA's activities include Training Activities, Networking Events, Mobility Schemes Programmes, Conferences, Summer Schools in ReSPA and abroad, Study tours, Comparative Studies (focusing on Western Balkan countries) and publications. Among the highlighted activities, the Training Component is the most important activity of the institution.
Is ReSPA collaborating with other institutions or individual experts?
ReSPA collaborates with the best schools, institutions and experts of Public Administration in EU such as the College of Europe, EIPA, SIGMA, London School of Economics, ENA, etc where they bring their vast experience and know-how and share it with the participants. At the same time, ReSPA is developing the database of experts from the region and beyond.
What are some of the areas of expertise the ReSPA is offering to the trainees?
Training events and workshops cover many areas of importance and interest from the public administration and state institutions in the Western Balkans. Some of them include: Public Administration Reforms, Legislation, EU Accession, EU policies and related issues, Protocol, Financial Management, Anti-Corruption, Ethics and Integrity in Public Administration, Human Resources Management, Total Management Quality, Strategic Management and Planning, Leadership, Public, Management, Good Governance and Modern Administration Principles, Project Cycle Management and IPA/Structural Funds, International Relations, Communication and Administrative Procedures in the Organizations, Public Private Partnership, Public Access to Information, Transparency of the Public Administration, E-Government etc.
How many participants take part in the training events?
The number of participants at each training event varies from 21-28 persons.
Are all the participants from one country, or each country in the region is fully represented?
The participants at each training event come from all the countries of the region, including Kosovo , with an equal number of participants from each country.
How are the participants selected to take part in ReSPA trainings and other events?
The selection process is done by institutions, departments in charge of public administration and civil service reform in each country based on the requirements set by ReSPA in each training event.
Is ReSPA hosting any external events?
ReSPA is hosting events from international organizations, EU and UN agencies in Montenegro or in the Region. Some of the agencies include the EU, TAIEX, UN agencies etc.
How many training rooms are in ReSPA?
ReSPA has 4 different training halls, with different capacity which can be used for large events and higher number of participants and for smaller events with a limited number of participants. All the training facilities are equipped with state of the art facilities, LCD projectors, translation booths, translation equipments etc.
Is ReSPA providing accommodation to participants?
ReSPA is having its own hotel with 54 single rooms equipped with all the basic amenities, and wireless internet. ReSPA is also offering buffet style breakfast, lunch and dinner to all participants.
* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and it is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence