CEP Programme Director Milena Lazarević spoke at the event The new instrument of Pre-accession Assistance (IPA II): Evaluating the EU’s main financial toolbox for the Balkans, held on 7 November in Brussels, Belgium. She talked about the significance of administrative and particularly HRM capacities for good IPA absorption and implementation.
The event was hosted by the Brussels-based European Policy Centre. It focused on the IPA mid-term review now coming up in 2017 and the intention to revisit the underpinning logic of the IPA II approach. The speakers addressed the questions of whether the new regulation is the right tool to achieve the set objectives and how the instrument can be further fine-tuned, focusing on the experience of Serbia and Kosovo.
Other speakers included: Corina Stratulat, Senior Policy Analyst, European Policy Centre, David Cullen, Head of Unit for Kosovo and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Directorate General for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, European Commission, Dennis Wernerus, Auditor, European Court of Auditors, Besa Shahini, Independent Researcher and Policy Analyst, Pristina.