Djuric Dragan, ReSPA (Regional School of Public Administration) Montenegro,
Place: 29th NISPAcee Annual Conference, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Date: October 21-23, 2021
Main theme of the conference: "Citizens' Engagement and Empowerment - The Era of Collaborative Innovation in Governance"
Title of the panel:"Experiences, evolution and capacity development for impact assessment and public consultation in the Western Balkans – current challenges and way forward”
ReSPA Director, Ms Ratka Sekulović, contributed to the panel discussion and made a resumé of the Western Balkan state of play in the domain of Better Regulation (BR), by providing a quick overview on European Commission findings related to this area and presenting ReSPA current and future actions in the domain of Better Regulation and regulatory reform.
Representatives from ReSPA Member administrations as well as OECD/SIGMA were also part of the panel. They highlighted the importance of the RIA and EU integration process (long-term) by building an administrative culture and system of decision-making based on evidence, creating a responsive administration used to interact with key stakeholders, preparing for the formal role in the EU decision-making process before EU accession takes place. They also focused on Public and stakeholder consultation: how can the administrations in the region boost public and stakeholder consultation and what is the role of civil society organisations in these processes?
Finally, panelists concluded that there is a necessity to strengthen the mandate and capacities of RIA oversight and quality control bodies as well as the final quality check as well as the necessity for capacity development in the Western Balkans administrations related to evidence-based policymaking, impact assessment, and public consultations.