A conference addressing the challenges of public administration reform was held in Sarajevo on Wednesday within the Support for Improvement in Governance and Management (SIGMA) initiative, which is primarily funded by the EU.
Chairman of BiH Council of Ministers Denis Zvizdic said during the conference that open and transparent public administration, efficient and simple procedures, as well as trained and professional civil servants were essential to make all processes in the country more efficient. He added that this would make the overall economic, social and political life in more quality and would enable BiH to adjust to the EU Acquis.
"In regard with that, the EU adopted several important documents and the public administration reform is only one of the reforms we are implementing, and I can tell you that the Council of Ministers carried out a great percentage of the Reform Agenda", he underlined.
Head of the EU Delegation to BiH and EU Special Representative to BiH Lars-Gunnar Wigemark noted that this reform is not a new task but that the time has come to seriously deal with it.
"That reform is a challenge that all six countries of the Western Balkans is facing and it will certainly be addressed as a topic in the new EU strategy for the Western Balkans, which will be presented in February. A functional, efficient and apolitical public administration is basis for benefit of all citizens of the region, and it is particularly important in process of European integration", Wigemark concluded.