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HRMD Working group representatives exchanged views with their colleagues from Spain

31 October 2022 News

ReSPA organised the Working visit to the School of Public Administration of Catalonia from 25 to 26 October and the National Institute of Public Administration from 27 to 28 October 2022.

Representatives from the Western Balkans dealing with Human Resources and Management Development (Directors of the Agencies/Authorities of public administration, Directors of Academies/Schools/Departments of Public Administration (PA), and senior representatives of the Ministries of PA or equivalent) got a first-hand opportunity to learn about the Spanish experience in Human Resources Management and Development.


At the beginning of the working visit to the School of Public Administration of Catalonia (EAPC), Mr Ismael Peña-López, Director of the School, introduced participants to the School and presented its strategic shift while his colleagues informed the participants about various  topics of their interest: 

  • Training officers Ms Bea Aguer and Ms Susanna Ramírez delivered Professional training at EAPC;
  • Mr Lluís Bertran, Deputy Director of Services and Administration Office, in his presentation, focused on Manager development at EAPC;
  • Mr Lluís Bertran, and Ms Núria Guevara, Head of Research, Innovation and Knowledge Transfer Service focused on Innovation and research
  • Ms Laia Ferrer Head of Local Training Section presented Human resources management and crisis management

ReSPA team members Agathi Kuramano, Dalibor Copic , Sonja Vojinovic, Ljupka Ivanovski and Danilo Roncevic shared strategic challenges within their respective countries.

During the working visit to the National Institute of Public Administration (INAP), Ms Teresa Siles Suárez, Director of the Public Innovation Department of INAP Institute and José Blanco Antón, Director of the Centre for Studies and Knowledge Management, introduced participants to the Institute.

Mr José Blanco Antón, Director of the Centre for Studies and Knowledge Management of INAP presented Research at the INAP (research groups, the Bank of Innovation of Public Administrations and research projects). Ms Sonia Postigo Imaz, Advisor to the Directorate General for the civil service at the State secretariat for Public Service (SEFP) presented Talent Recruitment Plan in the General State Administration and Professional development and career promotion.

Ms Sofía Pérez Puente, Technical Advisor in the Deputy at Directorate of Selection of INAP, introduced participants to Rethinking selective processes as a critical and strategic process, while

On the second day in the Institute, Mr Fernando Soto Mora, Mr Isidoro Manzanares Nieto, Ms Begoña Lazaro Alvarez,  Ms Maria Amor, and Maria Gonźalez went deeper into the public innovation laboratory at the INAP, presenting different but essential aspects of career development and training programmes.


Finally, Mr Israel Pastor Sainz–Pardo, Deputy director of Training at INAP, presented the Training programme in INAP (initial training; training for managers; training plans; thematic plans).

Strong public administration needs empowered public servants. Knowledge-sharing and exchanging views with the EU member states is crucial for our civil servants, and we in ReSPA continuously build upon their capacities.

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