Yesterday, on 10 November, more than thirty civil servants from various public administrations of Bosnia and Herzegovina, visited the CEI - Executive Secretariat in the context of the project EU Scheme for Young Professionals in Bosnia and Herzegovina (EUSYP).
EUSYP, funded by the European Union and implemented by the British Council, aims at assisting Bosnia and Herzegovina in developing a professional, de-politicised and merit-based service system through professional development, mobility and training.
The gathering offered an opportunity to discuss regional cooperation and its contribution to the EU enlargement process, as well as the role of the CEI as a promoter of regional cooperation bridging EU and non-EU countries.
As indicated by Secretary General Roberto Antonione in his opening speech,
“Bosnia and Herzegovina represents a priority country for the CEI”, while “building capacity of young civil servants is an important measure to strengthen the public administrations of our countries, ultimately contributing to the process of European integration”.
To this end, focus was placed on CEI opportunities for regional cooperation, with detailed presentations on the CEI Cooperation Fund, the CEI Fund at the EBRD and the CEI’s active involvement in the field of EU project design and management. These tools can be useful to implement actions in support of the EU accession path of Bosnia and Herzegovina, a common objective of CEI Member States as clearly stated in the Joint Statement adopted by the CEI Foreign Ministers in Sofia on 7 November.