Directorate for European Integration presented in Sarajevo on July 8, 2013 a new learning module on European integration. This module will be available through DEI's website using pre-assigned access data and is primarily intended for public servants of all administrative levels. It consists of four parts which include: stages of accession to the EU, financial support instruments, regional experiences and obligations of BiH in the process. The entire module is sixty-six minutes, and each section includes a test. The e-learning module can be accessed anytime, from anywhere and any number of times, which is of particular importance for the local administration.

Bosnia and Herzegovina is the first country in the region that has enabled its officials in public administration about the process of integration through a web platform when in the summer of 2011 seven modules on this topic were published on the website of the Directorate. Within two years of accessibility the Directorate has recorded 21.454 visits to this website category.

„This number is an indicator of the quality of e-learning modules, but also interests of civil servants for this kind of learning“, said Maja Rimac-Bjelobrk, head of the Department for Promotion of European Integration of the Directorate.

She expressed her satisfaction that the idea, which originated from the Directorate, contributes to fulfilment of administrative criteria for EU membership and intrigued several other institutions to begin developing long distance training methods.

The new, eighth module was implemented with the support of the Programme for Strengthening of Public Instititions implemented by the GIZ. It is planned to develop a mobile application based on the e-learning course in order to make the module content available to the wider audiences.

Presentation of this new module was also attended by the GIZ Regional Director for Western Balkans Brigitte Heuel-Rolf, PhD and by the Manager of the Programme for Strengthening of Public Institutions Reinhard Lüke.

Source: DEI.GOV.BA