Official title of the project

European Integration Scholarships

Project information

Speak European – Specialised training and internships for Serbian public servants
Region / City
Total budget of programme / project

2,489,561.00  EUR

Implementation period
2010. Feb - 2012. Feb
Expected results

•             At least 180 civil servants or public administration employees from the central and local government and from different administration levels have successfully participated in specialised training courses in European Public Administration schools or institutes on different relevant topics related to European integration and alignment with the acquis;

•             At least 20 civil servants or public administration employees from the central government and different administration levels have successfully participated in full-time internship programmes in relevant EU and EU Member States institutions and bodies;

•             At least 40 relevant representatives of universities, cultural organisations, scientific institutions, media, civil society, business community or other relevant institutions playing a "community multiplier" role have successfully participated in training courses in European training institutes or universities on European Union and European integration related matters;

•             The participants in the courses and internship programmes have provided feedback on the training received and relevant parts of the acquired knowledge is transferred in the respective PA services or institutions.


Serbian European Integration Office as main project counterpart;

All public administration, local self-government and public sector;

Representatives of organisations with a role in the spreading of knowledge on EU integration ("community multipliers"), like relevant representatives of academic and cultural institutions, of the media, of civil society and of the business community.

Target Groups

Civil and public servants at central and local level;

Community multipliers

Summary of the project

In 2004, the Government of the Republic of Serbia adopted the Strategy of Public Administration Reform, based on five basic principles: decentralisation, de-politicisation, professionalization, rationalisation and modernisation of public administration.

The Strategy was accompanied by two Action Plans covering a timeframe of three years each, until 2012. Besides, a number of laws have been passed following the adoption of the Strategy, including the Law on Civil Servants stating the right of every civil servant to training.

The Serbian European Integration Office (SEIO) offers Public Administration employees different types of training related to European Integration in general and to specific acquis sectors.

Nevertheless, the Serbian Public Administration is in need for more substantial and tailor-made training, including technical aspects of acquis transposing and implementation.

Community multipliers, they experience different extents of involvement in public policy formulation and in the European integration process. A number of them collaborate with SEIO on dissemination and information activities and training: civil society organisations are in a partnership framed by the "Memorandum of Cooperation in the European Integration Process"; training and communication activities have been conducted for different actors, including specific training for journalists aiming at raising the capacity of media to cover EU related news; academic and education institutions and business community are also priority targets of SEIO information and training activities.

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Programme/Project objectives

The purpose of this project is twofold:

Increase public administration capacities and knowledge of European legislation and European integration process through specialised training and internship programmes for civil servants and public employees from different administration levels;

Increase the European integration knowledge of community multipliers (like relevant representatives of academic and cultural institutions, of the media, of civil society and of the business community) through training courses on different issues related to the accession process and its effects on society.