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  • One of the main communication tools in our research work, CEP brief, primarily addresses decision-makers, but also the expert public. In our briefs, we focus on providing a comprehensive but succinct state of play and existing issues, and offering policy recommendations or policy options as solutions for improving policy areas we cover. Briefs can be stand-alone policy products or be published as an addition to more extensive research publications, such as policy studies.

    Designing better public services in Serbia

    Serbia’s public service providers make decisions with little knowledge of people’s preferences. Designing services together with citizens will not only benefit service users, but will also help the government to learn about its own performance in service delivery.

    Authors: Dragana Bajić

    The Senior Civil Service System in Serbia

    This stand-alone policy brief deals with lack of real progress in professionalisation and depoliticisation of senior civil service in Serbia.

    Authors: Vladmir Mihajlović

    Serbia’s EU accession negotiations on Chapter 32

    Serbia started off accession negotiation talks with the EU on the Chapter 32 – Financial control in 2015, but after more than three years it is difficult to assess the country’s progress since there is hardly any public communication on developments in this chapter.

    Authors: Miloš Đinđić

    Lack of government transparency in Serbia

    This policy brief tackles the transparency of two inter-related aspects of the Serbian Government’s work: decision-making at its sessions and reporting on its activities and results, including on budget spending. It reminds that insufficient transparency limits opportunity for public scrutiny, and therefore opens the door for erosion of rule of law and other democratic standards.

    Authors: Miloš Đinđić | Milena Lazarević

    Openness and inclusiveness of public policy-making in Serbia

    Management of the public policy system is one of the key reform areas within the Public Administration Reform (PAR)1 framework in Serbia, along with the public service delivery system. On the other hand, the participatory and evidence-based process of public policy making not only increases transparency and accountability, but also positively influences the public policy outcomes, that is, improves the quality of public services.

    Authors: Katarina Tadić | Milena Lazarević

    Human resources at the local level

    Public administration reform in Serbia, having entered a new stage with the endorsement of the Public Administration Reform Strategy and its Action Plan for implementation, aims, inter alia, at establishing a harmonised and merit-based civil service system and at improving human resource management.

    Authors: Katarina Tadić | Vladmir Mihajlović

    Towards a Smart Staff Retention Policy for the Sustainable EU Integration of Serbia

    Why a staf retention policy?

    Authors: Milena Lazarević | Katarina Kosmina | Dragana Bajić

    Balkan Enlargement and the politics of civic pressure

    One of the lessons learnt from previous enlargement waves is the need to complement the politics of conditionality – that is, Brussel’s traditional ‘carrot and stick approach’ – with the politics of civic pressure – whereby the governments in the Balkan countries are ‘squeezed’ between civil society demands and an uncompromising European Commission.

    Authors: Milena Lazarević | Corina Stratulat

    Citizen-oriented Public Administration in Serbia

    Public administration in Serbia faces numerous challenges and difficulties, some of which are reflected in the lack of capacity, but some also in the reluctance of the Government and the administration to adapt to new demands.

    Authors: Katarina Tadić

    Getting results in Public Policy

    How to get the results in public policy? Is civil society in Serbia able to contribute by engaging in monitoring and evaluation processes?

    Authors: Sena Marić | Milena Lazarević
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