Who are we?

The EU Scheme for Young Professionals in BiH is a project which assists Bosnia and Herzegovina in developing a professional, de-politicised and merit-based service system. The program provides professional development and mobility to the next generation of civil servants who are in charge of the EU accession process and lead change during the enlargement process.

Specific objectives

  • to build the professional capacity of civil servants and instil their commitment to EU oriented civil service through their increased knowledge and understanding of the EU accession process
  • to foster mutual connections and mobility between these agents of change through facilitating intra-B&H exchange programme and Western Balkans mobility scheme.

This Action is designed to provide support to institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina at various levels in order to address specific needs identified in the course of the European Union integration process and better prepare and implement IPA programmes/Actions funded by the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance.

The EU Scheme for Young Professionals in Bosnia and Herzegovina represents the continuation of reform initiatives related to the process of strengthening capacities of young civil servants that was initiated through the regional programme in the Western Balkans.

Total of 50 young civil servants (25 each year under a two-year action) from Bosnia and Herzegovina administration at the State, the two entities, ten cantons, and the Brčko District level would jointly participate in a tailor-made five-week-long executive programme at the College of Europe in Belgium, covering key public administration areas and areas relevant to the EU integration process. The shorter duration allows them to limit their time away from work, but the intensive nature would still provide them with a global perspective on public sector administration. The joint enrolment would facilitate the exchange component which involves each candidate spending one week in a host institution in another Western Balkan country, followed by two-weeks exchange programme within BiH where they will work on joint policy papers and produce recommendations.

Who can apply?

The target group of EUSYP in BiH are motivated and talented young civil servants currently employed in public administration, with one to seven years of professional experience in the area of EU integration/accession process. All candidates must be directly involved in the EU integration process across all government levels in BiH in state-level institutions, two entities, Brčko District, ten cantons and other public institutions dealing with EU accession matters.