About EU Scheme for Young Professionals in the Western Balkans

Integration to the European Union (EU) requires a professional, accountable and effective public administration, free of political interference and corruption as well as accessible to all citizens. At the same time, EU membership heavily depends on an administration that is specialised in EU acquis and capable of meeting the challenges of the integration process.

Given the importance assigned to public administration reform (PAR) in the enlargement process, the EU supports the six Western Balkans countries (i.e. Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo[1], the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia) not only through guidance and political support but also through dedicated pre-accession funds, institutional cooperation instruments (Twinning, TAIEX and SIGMA) and capacity development.

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