Regional School of Public Administration

Institution building and training programmes for the Regional School of Public Administration (ReSPA)

Building a strong foundation for strengthening accountable, efficient, and trustworthy public administration systems is the core competence of EIPA experts. From 2008 EIPA implemented two projects funded by the European Commission, which aimed at converting Regional School of Public Administration (ReSPA) from a virtual network to a fully operational legal entity. The latter was achieved in 2010. ReSPA was created to develop regional co-operation in the field of public administration in the Western Balkans. As part of our longstanding cooperation, EIPA regularly designs and delivers training programmes in areas of policy formulation, strategic management, implementation of EU policies, legislative drafting, transposition of EU law, and national coordination of EU affairs.

Within the framework of these projects, EIPA organised a series of ReSPA training activities for 498 participants across the Western Balkans on a wide range of issues from policy formulation, drafting legislation, national coordination, administrative practice, to specific topics such as fighting corruption, communication with the EU and Public Private Partnerships. Nearly half of the training activities were delivered by EIPA experts. The remainder were delivered by schools and institutes of public administration of EU Member States under the management of EIPA. In the course of 2011-12, additionally to trainings, EIPA continued to provide management support to the school, including the secretariat function for the Governing Board.

As part of our recent activities in cooperation with ReSPA, EIPA developed in 2020 the first Seasonal School on EU Accession Negotiations. During the event EIPA’s experts delivered training sessions on accession negotiations and the legal and political dimensions of enlargement for civil servants from Albania and North Macedonia.

After the success of the Seasonal School on EU Accession Negotiations, EIPA aims to continue this collaboration with ReSPA, offering a sequence of trainings, which allows our partners to fully benefit from deepening and widening their knowledge and skills acquired.

Read more about ReSPA here.

Regional School of Public Administration
Institution building and traiRegional School of Public Administration (ReSPA) Group

From left to right: Diego Ramírez-Cárdenas Díaz, Senior Lecturer EIPA; Tomasz Kramer, Lecturer EIPA; Prof. Dr. Marga Pröhl, DG EIPA; Ratka Sekulovic, Director ReSPA; Ivana Bajo, PA to Ratka Sekulovic; Nick Thijs, Senior Lecturer EIPA

Opening Regional School of Public Administration ReSPA

From left to right: Štefan Füle, EU Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy; Milo Djukanović, Prime Minister of Montenegro