The Second Meeting of the National Working Group for Monitoring Public Administration Reform in Serbia

In Belgrade, October 26, 2017, the Second Meeting of the National Working Group (NWG) for Monitoring Public Administration Reform (PAR) in Serbia was held. The Meeting was organised by the European Policy Centre (CEP).

As a prelude to the meeting of the National Working Group, a workshop for representatives of civil society organizations (CSOs), which carry out research projects within the framework of WeBER Small Grants programme was held. During workshop, they exchanged experiences that arose from the current implementation of these projects, and presented the progress in research and current research findings.

At the meeting of the National Working Group, Milena Lazarević, CEP’s Programme Director and WeBER Project Manager, and Miloš Đinđić from CEP, the Lead Researcher on the WeBER project, presented the progress in the implementation of WeBER PAR Monitoring in Serbia. Đinđić highlighted that the PAR Monitor Methodology is one of the most important products of WeBER.

About PAR Monitoring at the local level, spoke Milijana Trifković from Praxis, i Danijela Jović from Centre for Balanced Regional Development – Cen TriR, as representatives of CSOs recipients of the WeBER project Small Grant Facility for civil society monitoring of PAR at local level from Serbia. They presented the first findings of: transparency of local self-government and implementation of the new Law on Administrative Procedure on the territory of City of Kraljevo on the one hand, and on the other – current employment practices, the impact in the field of human resource management, as well as the perception of civil society on these issues in Užice, Požega and Gornji Milanovac.

Afterwards, the NWG members discussed the upcoming attachments to the Annual Report of the European Commission for Serbia, which the NWG in Serbia, as part of WeBER Platform, for the first time this year will send as an integrated contribution of its members.

The meeting was concluded with NWG members proposing on the key issues to be considered at the Third Regional Meeting of the WeBER Platform, which will be held in Skoplje on November 1st and 2nd of 2017.

NWGs are national consultative mechanism for participation of civil society in the dialogue with relevant public authorities on design and monitoring of PAR processes in the WB. NWGs are constituted in each of the WB country as national extensions for dialogue on PAR of the wider mechanism – regional WeBER Platform. More about WeBER Platform structure can be found here.

Western Balkans Enabling Project for Civil Society Monitoring of Public Administration Reform – WeBER – is a three-year project financed by the European Union (European Commission) and co-financed by the Kingdom of the Netherlands. You can find more about project here.