Milena Lazarević at the Policy Dialogue in Brussels

Milena Lazarevic at the panel discussion in BrusselsSenior Programme Manager, Milena Lazarević, took part today in a policy dialogue titled “Getting the fundamentals right: Public administration reform in the Western Balkans’’ in Brussels. The policy dialogue was organized at the headquarters of the renowned EU think-tank, the European Policy Centre – EPC, and co-organised by CEP and European Commission.

Apart from Milena Lazarević, the policy dialogue was joined by the Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Government and the current Deputy Prime Minister in the Government of Serbia, Kori Udovički, as well as Simon Mordue from the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR).

Milena Lazarević underlined during the event that Serbia may not allow itself to lose such a large portion of quality human resources, particularly if it wants to become competent in using the structural funds upon accession and gain any benefit from the EU membership. Lazarević concluded her speech by stating that human resource retention, especially in regard to those employees who work in the fields of EU integrations and IPA funds, must be regulated by corresponding policies and aligned with the requirements of Chapter 22 - Regional Policy and Coordination of Structural Instruments. One of the good examples of human resource retention policy Lazarević sees in the policy regulating the provision of scholarships for public administration employees to study abroad, upon which they return to their home countries and apply the acquired knowledge in practice. 


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