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Workshop on "Institution Building for EU Membership and Law Approximation"



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To build the relevant institutions and capacities that can deliver better quality services to
citizens in a more effective and more efficient manner is the ambition of each public service.
Both sectoral and horizontal capacities are important. SIGMA has identified six core areas of
public administration that are important from the point of view of horizontal capacities. The
successful public administration reform in these areas also reflects the interests of the
European Commission to assist prospective member states in participating in European
The ability of the government to formulate coherent and cohesive policies, the ability to
ensure that policies are evenly implemented across the board and the capacity to lobby for
its policies at the EU level all depend on how well these horizontal capacities are developed.
Institution building for EU membership is closely linked to the coordination issues,
coordination within sectors and horizontal coordination. Coordinated efforts are naturally also
needed in the area of law approximation. The scope of EU legal acts often spans over
several sectors in national law; therefore approximation involves experts from more sectors.
The basic underlying principle is that if the EU laws are properly introduced to the national
legal system, then their implementation should be easier. It goes without saying that the law
approximation as well as institution and capacities building track records are important in
fulfilling the EU accession criteria. The West Balkan countries as the candidate or
prospective candidate EU countries are now in a good position to reflect these requirements
in their public administration structures and capacities building in order to be well prepared
for incorporation of EU body of law.


-To appreciate the necessity for institution and capacities building, highlighted with the
lessons learnt from Croatia.
-To become familiar with what is required for effective implementation of EU law and
identify what capacities are necessary.
-To become aware of law approximation issues, develop the skills on how to approximate
and have the opportunity to discuss the approximation challenges in Slovakia and
compare with recent experience of Croatia.


The training will cover mainly two areas:
-First, there are sessions and exercises reviewing the EU context and the need for
horizontal administrative capacities, while distinguishing the two levels of this, namely
during the process of EU policies formulation, and during the process of their
implementation in Member States. In both cases the attention will be brought to
coordination issues. Lessons from Croatian public administration and its changes will be
used as examples.
-Second, there are presentations and workshops related to EU law approximation issues
in general and specifically in the Slovak Republic and Croatia. The sessions will cover
legal and technical issues of approximation, practical issues of law application as well as
capacity issues.

Target group

Experienced (mid to senior level) civil servants dealing with approximation issues across the
line ministries, especially those involved in the EU internal market issues.

Workshop trainers

The training will be led by three experienced NISPAcee trainers:
Mr. Boris Balog, senior legal expert / trainer. He is a Doctor of Law. He has long-term
practical experiences in the law approximation based on his positions in the Slovak National
Council and Ministry of Economy. At present, he is working at the Ministry of Environment in
the position of Director of the Department of Legislation. During the years 2002 - 2004 and
2010 -2012 he was working in the National Council of the Slovak Republic; his last position
being General Director of the Section of Parliamentary Agenda in the Chancellery of the
National Council of the Slovak Republic. In the years 2004 – 2009 he was working at the
Ministry of Economy in the position of the Director of the Department of Legislation and Law.
Simultaneously, he is lecturing at the PanEuropean University - Faculty of Law since 2009 as
the expert on constitutional law. In 2011 - 2012 Mr. Balog was involved as the legal expert in
the NISPAcee/UNDP/SlovakAid project "Implementation of the Public Administration Reform
Strategy in Montenegro". Since 2012 he has been cooperating as a legal expert in the
NISPAcee/SlovakAid project "Montenegrin capacity building for approximation of EU
Mgr. Marta Jendekova, is a senior expert in the European Affairs unit at a NISPAcee
member institution - AINova, Slovakia. She has an MA in EU Legal Studies from EIPA
Luxembourg/University of Nancy, France (2001). She has been involved in EU integration
affairs since 1997 when she administered several international training projects for civil
servants dealing with law approximation issues. Since 2001, she has been a trainer on EU
topics, especially the institutional and legal framework of the EU, specialised EU terminology,
EU information sources and practical aspects of the EU decision-making process, including
law implementation, approximation, capacity building for managing EU affairs at national and
sub-national levels, and national coordination of EU affairs. She has provided trainings,
mainly for civil servants in Slovakia, but also internationally, for example, within the MEDA
project, and SlovakAid projects in Serbia/Montenegro. She is a member of Team Europe
Slovakia, a group of experts created by the Representation of the European Commission in
Mr. Vedran Đulabić holds a PhD in administrative law and public administration and works as
an assistant professor at the Faculty of Law Zagreb, Croatia. He was involved as an expert in
more than a dozen EU funded projects in Croatia and abroad (e.g. Serbia, Albania, Ukraine)
covering legal framework and institution building for regional/cohesion policy, general
administrative procedure, legislative procedure and cross-border cooperation. Currently is
engaged as an expert in several ministerial working groups in Croatia, particularly for the
administrative procedure and administrative simplification and for the preparation of legal
framework for regional policy in Croatia. He has closely cooperated with SIGMA Initiative
preparing factual analysis of the Croatian legislation (Administrative law and civil service) for
the SIGMA annual reports to the European Commission. During the EU-Croatia negotiations
he was involved in activities in Chapter 22 (Regional policy and coordination of structural
instruments). He is an active member of several professional associations in Croatia such as
Institute for Public Administration, Regional Studies Associations (Croatian section), etc.
Teaches various courses at different study levels associated with public administration such
as Administrative science, Reform of public administration in the European context, Local
government, Public services, etc. Publishes books and articles on wide range of topics
connected with public administration and participated in numerous conferences, seminars,
round tables and workshops in Croatia an abroad as an organizer, chair of sessions and


 The training deals mostly with practical issues, therefore it is based on various interactive
teaching methods involving the participants such as brainstorming, group work and
discussion in plenary, as well as case studies.

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