The training course “European Union: Structures – Policies – Programmes” was held at the European Academy in Otzenhousen, Germany from 14 to 20 April, 2013. Representatives of three government institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Agency for Development of Higher Education and Quality Assurance, Directorate for European Integration and the Central Bank completed the first module of this training course. Participation of institutions from Bosnia and Herzegovina was made possible within the framework of the Programme for Strengthening of Public Institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The first module of this advanced training course was focused on the structures of the European Union, decision making processes and select policies. Training participants had the chance to learn about the structures within the European Union with an emphasis on the various modalities for working and for cooperation with the EU and its institutions. A part of the programme dealt with broad legal aspects of public procurement and country aid, and also with the main principles and content of European institutions’ regional policies. Part of the first training module was a study visit to the European institutions in Brussels. Participants from Bosnia and Herzegovina visited the European Commission where they met with the representatives of the unit for Bosnia and Herzegovina, which is part of the Directorate General for Enlargement. This one-day study visit to Brussels was an opportunity to meet and exchange opinions with the European Union experts on integration and regional cooperation and to visit to the European Parliament and the Committee of the Regions.

Detail from the training
Detail from the training

The training course at the European Academy gethered together the representatives of public institutions and GIZ programmes from EU candidate and potential EU candidate countries, countries of the Western Balkans as well as Ukraine, Moldova and Morrocco. This training programme is the first module in a series of new training courses jointly developed by the GIZ and the European Academy in order to strengthen the capacities of decision-makers in EU and the neighbouring countries for more efficient cooperation and use of opportunities arising from the partnership with the European Union.

The next module will be dedicated to euro funds and is scheduled to start in June this year.

You can also read this news article on the website of the Agency for Development of Higher Education and Quality Assurance (Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian only).