Sep 5, 2019

CEF and ReSPA Jointly Tackle Reform Challenges in SEE

We closely cooperate with the Regional School for Public Administration (ReSPA) to jointly tackle reform challenges in the region of South East Europe within our respective portfolios. The CEF is supporting public financial management and central banking capacities of public officials, while the activities of ReSPA are devoted to public administration reforms. Ratka Sekulović, director of Regional School for Public Administration (ReSPA) shares her view on cooperation between the two institutions.

I am pleased to say that in 2018 cooperation between our two institutions was put on a higher level. ReSPA as a key regional endeavor in public administration reform is closely connected to the CEF’s mission regarding Public Finance Management (PFM) because both Public Administration Reform (PAR) and PFM are fundamentally important for good governance in the Western Balkan region. In April 2018, ReSPA and the CEF signed a Memorandum of Understanding as a result of previous good cooperation and agreed on even stronger collaboration in the upcoming period. Consequently, several joint activities were successfully organized and implemented in 2018. The CEF Director was appointed as a member of the newly established ReSPA Advisory Board and provided strong contribution to the development of the most important document in 2018: ReSPA’s strategy for 2019–2014 “Building Together Governance for the Future”. In addition, the CEF Director participated at the ReSPA Closing Conference in Brussels in November 2018 on the panel devoted to the cooperation between ReSPA and its partner institutions. Having in mind one of the most strategic objectives of ReSPA in the coming period – better alignment of PAR and PFM – I look forward to continue cooperation with the CEF in an even more constructive manner. Ratka Sekulović Director Regional School of Public Administration (ReSPA).