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First Meeting of the European Integration (EUI) Programming Board

First Meeting of the European Integration (EUI) Programming Board
Published date: 23.07.2014 13:13 | Author: MVPEI

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At Montenegro’s initiative, the first Meeting of the European Integration (EUI) Programming Board took place in Žabljak.

The Meeting was officially opened by the State Secretary for European Integration and Chief Negotiator Ambassador Aleksandar Andrija Pejovic, Director at DG Enlargement Gerhard Schumann-Hitzler, and ReSPA Director Suad Music. The meeting gathered high representatives from ReSPA member-states: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia, as well as representatives of Kosovo.

In his opening remarks, Ambassador Pejović welcomed the fact that Montenegro, the country that made most progress in the EU accession process, is hosting the first meeting of this body. He noted that all regional countries have the same commitments and challenges on their EU paths, which direct them towards closer cooperation and exchange of knowledge and experience. In that context, the Chief Negotiator underlined the importance of Regional School of Public Administration (ReSPA) as a regional cooperation mechanism aimed at developing skills and competences and strengthening administrative capacities for meeting EU commitments.

The first meeting was devoted to the discussion on the body’s main tasks and regional cooperation platforms that will enable it to work efficiently and without hindrance. In that context, the participants exchanged views on how to improve information exchange and cooperation between ReSPA member-states, and especially between their EU integration institutions.

The participants exchanged opinions on the current situation and future needs ensuing from the EU integration processes. Along those lines, they identified priority areas and gave recommendations on how to draft the ReSPA Programme of Work for 2015.

The meeting adopted the rules of procedure of the Programming Board, whose main task it is to provide counsel to the ReSPA Secretariat in relation to future EU integration-related activities.

The next meeting of this body is expected to take place this autumn.