The 29th NISPAcee Annual Conference

The 29th NISPAcee Annual Conference, Ljubljana, Slovenia, October 21 - October 23, 2021

Excellent conference. I really enjoyed the papers, speakers, schedule and location and great staff!

D.B., United States, 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019, Prague

...relating to public administration and policy. Good opportunities for networking.

N.D., Georgia, 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019, Prague

Excellent participants, argument-driven discussions, impartial and supportive Chairs in the Working Group.

D.G., Republic of North Macedonia, 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019, Prague detail and I really enjoyed the supportive and encouraging atmosphere there. Thank you!

R.B., Lithuania, 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019, Prague

...both in terms of academic quality and logistics, and also social events. It was a true joy.

E.Z., Bulgaria, 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019, Prague

...The special programmes were really excellent and we took home many varied experiences.

P.N., Hungary, 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019, Prague

...Sessions were interesting, scholars were engaging and all the social events were amazing!

B.K., Kazakhstan, 26th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2018, Iasi

Excellent organization, excellent food. Compliments to the organizers, they did a wonderful job!

V.J., Netherlands, 26th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2018, Iasi

...I must say that the PhD pre-conference seminar was the most useful seminar of my life. Very well...

K.V., Czech Republic, 26th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2018, Iasi

... I would even argue that they are the very best - both in terms of scientific content and also entertainment…

P.W., Denmark, 26th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2018, Iasi

An opportunity to learn from other researchers and other countries' experiences on certain topics.

G.A.C., Hungary, 25th Conference 2017, Kazan

Very well organised, excellent programme and fruitful discussions.

M.M.S., Slovakia, 25th Conference 2017, Kazan

The NISPAcee conference remains a very interesting conference.

M.D.V., Netherlands, 25th Conference 2017, Kazan

Thank you for the opportunity to be there, and for the work of the organisers.

D.Z., Hungary, 24th Conference 2016, Zagreb

Well organized, as always. Excellent conference topic and paper selection.

M.S., Serbia, 23rd Conference 2015, Georgia

Perfect conference. Well organised. Very informative.

M.deV., Netherlands, 22nd Conference 2014, Hungary

Excellent conference. Congratulations!

S. C., United States, 20th Conference 2012, Republic of Macedonia

Thanks for organising the pre-conference activity. I benefited significantly!

R. U., Uzbekistan, 19th Conference, Varna 2011

Each information I got, was received perfectly in time!

L. S., Latvia, 21st Conference 2013, Serbia

The Conference was very academically fruitful!

M. K., Republic of Macedonia, 20th Conference 2012, Republic of Macedonia

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Report 2021
ReSPA Panel

Panel Coordinator:
Djuric Dragan, ReSPA (Regional School of Public Administration) Montenegro,
Xhaxhiu Gentia, 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”

On 22 October 2021, ReSPA organised a dedicated Panel during the 29th NISPAcee Annual Conference devoted to a presentation of the main developments of the utilisation of Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) in the policy cycle and legislation preparation within Western Balkan administrations.

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.

Sekulović placed special emphasis on the public consultation and engagement of citizens in these processes and briefly presented the different modalities and state-of-the-art for conduction of RIA and public consultations. She also emphasised the necessity to improve the RIA systems and implementation through strengthening the regulatory and methodological frameworks and importance of the RIA process (short-term) to ensure transposition and implementation of the EU Acquis, taking into account that transparent processes can be monitored.

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.