Policy Drafting and Negotiations in Line Ministries

Sep 27 – 29, 2022 , Ljubljana, Slovenia Hybrid Event
Aug 29, 2022 Leadership for Managing Reforms

A precondition for successful implementation of structural reforms is to ensure that they are well-drafted, with clear statement of their expected impact and performance indicators. Well-stated measures build on effective communication and negotiation with various stakeholders, which can then be costed and integrated into the budget frameworks. The objective of this workshop is to improve writing of policy measures and support officials in transforming their ideas into clear statements, which entails also negotiating them with various stakeholders before their incorporation into the Economic Reform Programs.

What will you learn

Structural reform measures outlined in the Economic Reform Programs (ERP) are policy measures prioritized in dialogue with the EU and aimed at enhancing economic growth and competitiveness. This workshop will in the first part focus on writing of effective, clear, and concise structural reform measures that are essential part of the ERP document. Through a combination of brief lectures, small group work, and plenary discussions participants will learn about ways to develop and strengthen the content and processes for writing of these documents. We will also familiarize with methodology for writing of policy measures and guidelines on how to write ERP documents. 

Second part of the workshop will be dedicated to practicing of the skill of negotiations. Clear and well-drafted structural reform measures require not only writing but also forming of common institutional understanding and position of their content, such that can be then presented to other line ministries and ministry of finance. Improving of negotiation skills will be addressed via game of simulation of negotiations.

The workshop will cover the following learning objectives:

  • Improve writing of structural reform measures that are part of the ERP document with the aim to make their substance clear and concise.
  • Improve negotiation skills aimed at forming a unified institutional position on structural reform measures to be included into the ERP document.
  • Exchange of country experiences on the above in a participatory learning environment.

Who should attend

This event is intended for public officials from line ministries that are involved in the process of preparation and coordination of the ERP. Particularly those working on ERP inputs in policy and financial departments and in cabinets of ministers.

Practical information

  • The course will be in the delivered in English language.

  • Upon fulfilment of the required learning steps, you will receive a certificate of successful completion of this online course.

  • No fee will be charged.

  • The workshop will take place at the CEF premises in Ljubljana and online.


Travel and accommodation costs will be funded for up to two officials per country from: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey. Officials from other CEF constituency countries and beyond are also welcome to apply however they would have to obtain funding from their sending institution (or another donor) to cover these costs. No fee will be charged, and meals and refreshments during the event will be provided to all selected participants.

* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence


The learning initiative/event will be delivered by/ under the guidance of:

  • Paul McClure, CEF Associate Fellow, Senior Communications Officer, World Bank Group 

  • Saša Jazbec, CEF Expert, State Secretary, Ministry of Finance of Slovenia 


This event is delivered as part of the EU-funded multi-beneficiary project “Structural Reforms Better Integrated Within Fiscal Frameworks” (FISR2) implemented by the CEF.

Funded by the European Union

Submit your application today to secure your spot at our course. Deadline for applying to this course is August 29, 2022.