An Agent’s Perspective on East-West Administrative Cooperation in the Field of Training

  • Nicolas Dubois


For several years, the countries of Central and Eastern Europe have been pursuing fundamental social, political and economic reforms which have affected the management capacities of their administrations.1 The West European countries, for their part, have set up bilateral or multilateral programmes to support this change process. Training is one of the main mechanisms of Western aid to the countries of Central and Eastern Europe in transition.2 Considerable amounts of money have been and will be invested in this field by the European Union. The neighboring countries of the European Union do not currently consider administrative reform and modernization of the public services in Central Europe to be a priority. Other reform areas such as the economic, social, health, infrastructure and energy sectors now have priority. Close consideration of the reforms and programs to modernize the public services that were introduced in our most recent EU Member States with a view to accession gives us reason to expect that, in the framework of medium- or long-term prospects of accession, the countries of Central and Eastern Europe will in turn embark upon major modernization programs. Accession to the EU, although a major political step, is not limited to this one single dimension. To be able to function, the Community system requires a certain degree of homogeneity with regard to the functioning of the administrations. These are a source of inspiration and development of Community acts, as well as being charged with implementing European directives and regulations.


European Commission Foreign Affair Recipient Country Central European Country Administrative Reform 
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