The activities of ReSPA
are funded by the EU


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Ratification of International Agreement: Interview with Ms. Vladana Jović (Serbia)

Ms. Vladana Jović is Governing Board member at Senior Official level (Serbia)

In your opinion, what significance does the ratification of the International Agreement establishing ReSPA have for the Republic of Serbia?
In participating in the establishment of ReSPA, the Republic of Serbia has started from the strategic orientation of our country towards the EU, but also from its need to build a professional and depoliticised civil service. ReSPA's objectives to strengthen cooperation of state administrations in the region, to improve their relations with EU countries, and to develop human resources through the training of civil servants are fully consistent with the policy of the Republic of Serbia in the field of public administration reform.

What impact does the establishment of the School have on further connections between the administrations of the ReSPA members?
ReSPA’s contribution to strengthening connections between the administrations of its members is significant. This contribution is reflected in two aspects. The first aspect is related to cooperation and exchange of experiences between representatives of ReSPA members participating in the ReSPA management bodies, but also between the participants of training programmes organised within ReSPA. The network of contacts which is created in this way provides the possibility for civil servants to exchange experiences and good practices with colleagues from other neighboring countries in a relatively short period of time. The second aspect is related to the common work of ReSPA members’ representatives on the preparation of annual conferences and other events that are organised under the auspices of ReSPA and which are focused on common problems, challenges and experiences of these countries in the process of integration to the EU.

How does ReSPA contribute to strengthening the capacity of state administrations, particularly in the context of the EU integration process?
The existence of adequate administrative capacities, especially well-organised and efficient public administration, is one of the conditions for EU membership. An important element in the strengthening of administrative capacity is the training of civil servants to adequately take over new duties and responsibilities arising from the process of integration of the Republic of Serbia into the EU. Training activities organised by ReSPA in recent years represent - both in terms of their quality and quantity - an important supplement to the training programmes that are organised within the public administration of the Republic of Serbia. This relates especially to training activities in the areas of managing the administration, the policy cycle, the fight against corruption etc. In future, special attention should be paid to the achievement of complementarity between the identification of training needs to be realised by ReSPA and the identification of training needs to be realised within the administration of the Republic of Serbia.