The activities of ReSPA
are funded by the EU


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Ratification of International Agreement, Interview with Mr. Niko Grubešić (Bosnia & Herzegovina)

Mr. Niko Grubešić is Assistant Minister, Ministry of Justice of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mr. Niko Grubešić is Assistant Minister, Ministry of Justice of Bosnia and Herzegovina

What is your reaction to/ opinion on the ratification of the International Agreement on the establishment of ReSPA?

I am very glad that six countries from this part of Europe have ratified the International agreement on the establishment of the Regional School of Public Administration (ReSPA) in Danilovgrad, with the aim of increasing regional cooperation in the field of public administration, strengthening administrative capacities and developing human resources in the public administration. In that way, the work of the representatives of the European Commission, OECD, EIPA, the Steering Board of ReSPA and many others, has produced visible results, which can be seen in the fact that ReSPA is now our reality.

What is the importance of this Agreement?

ReSPA, as an independent and self-sustainable international organisation, was established through the ratification of the International Agreement. This ratification represents the culmination of all efforts undertaken in recent years, beginning from the initiative for a regional school of public administration which came out of the meeting held in Solun in June 2003, through the signing at Ministerial level of the "Protocol on cooperation in the establishment of ReSPA" between Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and UNMIK on behalf of Kosovo and in the presence of the European Commission, in Brussels in May 2006, up to the implementation of Phase 1 and 2 of the establishment of ReSPA.

During Phase 2, as we can see, ReSPA has gained legal subjectivity according to the International Agreement, and it now commences with the establishment of its own organisational structure, whereby the development of training events and other activities of ReSPA is supported by the European Commission in cooperation with EIPA, and member states also partially contribute to the costs, as is stated both in the Protocol on cooperation and the International Agreement on the establishment of ReSPA.

What does ReSPA represent and mean to you?

Due to the fact that, from 2006 to date, I have been actively involved in the establishment of ReSPA as the representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Steering Committee of ReSPA, I am of course very satisfied with was has been done so far and what is visible today, into which I personally put considerable effort.

Why do you think it is important to support ReSPA?

ReSPA is one of the mechanisms through which the countries of the region have agreed to develop cooperation in the process of joining the EU, and that is something that the European Commission strongly supports.

The aim of ReSPA is to help countries of the region to reach the Copenhagen and Madrid criteria, as a set of rules that are being used for determination of the readiness of a given country to join the EU.

By helping to improve the public administration, ReSPA will have a direct impact on the enhancement of the rule of law and trasparency in the countries of the region.

How do you see the future of ReSPA?

I see ReSPA in future as a school model that combines dimensions of professional training and academic education.

ReSPA should not only be a training provider, but can become the nucleus of a network of existing schools of public administration in the region and could have an advisory role in the improvement of work of the public administration in the region.

Knowledge and experience gained through ReSPA could be shared through different electronic and classical media and that will definitely contribute to high quality work of public administration in the region.