Wednesday, November 22, 2006

EC: Administration should be professional not political

Each country needs to have a public administration that is recruited on merits rather than on political affiliation, said EC delegation representatives at today's meeting of RESPA.

"European Commission considers that it is essential that this country and all other potent ional candidate-countries have a public administration that is professional, recruited on merits rather than on political affiliation," said Joan Pearce, First Counselor of the European Commission's Delegation in Skopje, at the opening of the first meeting of the Regional School of Public Administration for Western Balkans (RESPA).

On behalf of the Macedonian government, Deputy Prime Minister Zivko Jankulovski expressed gratitude to the European Commission, the SIGMA - a joint project of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the European Union - for the financial assistance for realization of this initiative.

"Regulatory management is one of the most important issues that need to be absorbed on the road to the European Union," Jankulovski said.

"We will make sure that most public administration employees keep their job, and those redundant be reassigned to other post," he added.

The Head of the Macedonian Agency for Public Servants, Aleksandar Gestakovski, said the Agency is ready to provide the needed training of public servants.

RESPA is EU initiative intended to boost regional co-operation in the field of public administration, strengthen administrative capacity and develop human resources in line with the principles of the European Administrative Space.

Representatives of Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, Albania and Macedonia attend the two-day conference in Skopje.

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