• Western Balkan PAR Monitor 2017/2018

    Governments in the Western Balkans have been implementing public administration reforms (PAR) for over a decade now, with varying degrees of success. Since 2014, PAR is acknowledged as one of the fundamental areas of reform on any country’s path to EU membership and a set of principles was prepared for the accession countries to follow and comply within this area in order to become successful EU member states.

    This Western Balkan PAR Monitor, produced by the WeBER project*, provides comparative results for the entire region, based on a comprehensive, year-long monitoring research effort focused on PAR. It should be read in concurrence with the six national PAR Monitor reports, laying out detailed monitoring results and recommendations for each country. The PAR Monitor adopts the EU principles of public administration as the main building block of the entire endeavour, to allow for regional comparability, peer learning and peer pressure. This also allows WeBER to guide the administrative reforms in the direction of compliance with EU standards and requirements, supporting these countries’ transformation into future EU members. The WeBER monitoring focus rests strongly on the citizen-facing aspects of public administration, particularly examining issues of transparency, information provision to the public, citizen participation, accountability, equal opportunity and integrity.

    *The Western Balkans Enabling Project for Civil Society Monitoring of Public Administration Reform – WeBER – is a three-year project aiming to increase the relevance, participation and capacity of civil society organisations and media in this region to advocate for and influence the design and implementation of public administration reforms. WeBER is implemented by the Think for Europe Network (TEN) composed of six EU policy-oriented think tanks in the Western Balkans. It is funded by the European Union and co-financed by the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

    This report was produced with the financial support of the European Union and the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Its contents are the sole responsibility of the European Policy Centre (CEP) and the Think for Europe Network, and they do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union or the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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