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Podgorica, 29 November 2018 – Five young civil servants from Montenegro have been selected to participate in the “EU Scheme for Young Professionals in the Western Balkans” project, funded by the EU and implemented by the British Council. This is the third generation of participants in this programme and they will travel to Paris on 2 December, where they will attend a specially designed course for public policy managers at the Sciences Po University, after which, in February of next year, they will go to the College of Europe in Bruges.
So far, 60 civil servants, 10 from each of the Western Balkan countries involved in the project, have participated in the project. The European Union’s Ambassador to Montenegro, Aivo Orav, believes that the programme is having a positive impact on the public administrations and regional cooperation of the countries participating in the programme.
“All six Western Balkans countries need professional, accountable and effective public administrations, free from political influence and free from corruption. This is very important for the aspirations all those countries wanting to become members of the European Union. But this is even more important for the citizens of those six countries,” said Orav.
Ivana Glisevic, the Deputy Chief Negotiator, reminded that this package, launched within the framework of the Berlin Process, is aimed to strengthening capacities and creating a new generation of civil servants from the Western Balkans, who will be able to respond to the demands and challenges of the negotiation process.
“The focus is on creating capable, responsible and informed civil servants, who will successfully see through the process of European integration and will contribute to the rationalisation of the European perspective of the countries of the region,” Glisevic said.
After the training programme in Paris, the selected young professionals will attend a public administration exchange programme in one of the countries in the region. This year’s participants are Rahela Nisavic, from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ana Gojkovic, from the Ministry of Public Administration, Ilija Mugisa from the Prime Minister’s Office, Jelena Zaric, from the Ministry of Culture; and Marko Dragas from the Office for European Integration.