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Revised Action plan 1 Public Administration Reform

The Public Administration Reform is one of the six key priorities of the European Partnership, while the public administration, able to adopt and implement the acquis communaitaire is one of the most important preconditions for the European Union Membership.

More efficient, effective, responsible and transparent public administration, oriented towards citizens and ready to respond to all European demands, is a vision of the public administration reform, mapped out by documents: the Public Administration Reform Strategy and the Action Plan 1 for its implementation. These documents have been adopted in 2006 by the Government of the Federation of BiH, the Government of the Republic of Srpska and the Government of the Brčko District of BiH, as well as the Council of Ministers of BiH. The Public Administration Reform Strategy is being implemented in six reform areas: Policy Making and Coordination Capacities, Public Finance, Institutional Communication, Information Technologies, Administrative Procedure and Human Resources Management, equally and at the same time at all four administration levels (BiH, the FBiH, the RS and Brčko District of BiH). The Common Platform on the principles and implementation of the PAR Strategy Action Plan 1 in Bosnia and Herzegovina, signed by the governments in BiH, has ensured a political and legal framework, as well as the basis for cooperation of government bodies of all government levels and work of their representatives into the joint work bodies for monitoring and implementation of the AP1.

In the Action Plan 1 mentioned have been concrete measures and activities, which the government institutions should implement, which practically means strengthening BiH administration, which must be ready to respond to the EU demands. Measures being implemented are of an individual character and implemented by government bodies at all levels. The bearers of certain activities have been stated clearly, while joint measures are being implemented through the projects that are the same for all four government levels, and developed by the Public Administration Reform Coordinator’s Office with supervisory teams from these six reform areas. These activities are financed from the Public Administration Reform Fund.

Four years after the AP1 adoption there was a need for the radical revision of this document because at the end of 2010 even the last deadlines set in this document have been expiring. The reason for this is the fact that many objectives have already been realized, some of them set as too ambitious or in a manner which did not guarantee the additional value in a sense of the interest for citizens, business subjects and society as whole.

Realization of the AP1 has so far been primarily directed towards the preparation and acceptance of laws and bylaws, while the new AP1 directs the public administration reform towards the implementation of concrete measures, which will have direct and measurable benefits for citizens, business subjects and society in general. The AP1 revision puts the emphasis on more concrete objectives, and in the same sense proposed has been a new manner of monitoring and reporting on realization of measures. Indicators of successfulness have been set in such way that only the production of regulations, strategies, methodologies and other documents does not mean the successful realization of objectives, but concrete results (for example, improvement of satisfaction of beneficiaries, time and money saving for citizens, business subjects or budget) are needed for the successful realization of objectives.

The AP1 revision has started by analyses done by the experts engaged through the project EUPAR (Technical Assistance Team of the European Union Delegation) for each reform area. After the analyses have been done, held have been the meetings of supervisory teams and workshops at which they have identified the measures to be revised. When the draft revised AP1 for each reform area has been done, held have been the meetings with representatives of supervisory teams, as well as with the public administration reform coordinators appointed by the Government of the FBiH, the Government of the RS and the Brčko District of BiH.

A modified measures transferred from AP1 to the RAP1 are given in the Annex II of the Semi-Annual Progress Report for2011. The table of comparative measures you can see here, and the complete Report you can download in a category PARCO Reports

The structure of the AP1 reform areas has not been changed; therefore the revised AP1 also stipulates a division on six reform areas. By some reform areas it has come to the change of their name, with a goal of more precise meaning. In accordance to that, stipulated has been that the area "Administrative Procedure" becomes renamed into "Administrative Procedures and Administrative Services", reform area "Information Technologies" into "E-Government", and the area "Policy Making and Coordination Capacities" into "Strategic Planning, Coordination and Policy Making". The objectives in the area of the "Total Quality Management" have also been added, but because of the rationality the new and independent reform area has not been created, but these objectives have been included in the reform area of Human Resources Management.

More details about the chapters of the Revised Action plan 1:

1. Strategic Planning, Coordination and Policy-Making
2. Public Finances
3. Human Resources Management
4. Administrative Procedures and Administrative Services
5. Institutional Communication
6. E-Government

 

In the revised AP1 determined have been new measures and activities to be implemented by the government institutions by 2014, in order to achieve a better performance, with reference to better measurability of results. It is also necessary in the next four years to direct the public administration reform towards the implementation of concrete projects, which will have direct and measurable benefits for citizens, business subjects and society in general. See the document here.

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