Fellowship Programme for Government Officials from the Western Balkans
The Fellowship Programme for Government Officials from the Western Balkans is a practice-oriented educational programme for civil servants. Its goal is to give impetus to the European Union integration-driven reforms of the Western Balkans’ countries, through building human capital in administrations – individuals who are acting as agents of change.
The participants of this programme are ambitious and high-potential Balkan government officials. They attend intensive seminars, gain practice by working in the administrations of European Union Member States for three months, learn their host country’s language and experience international and intercultural exchange. Through these activities, they acquire new skills and knowledge on how European political and social systems work, while simultaneously networking with colleagues from the region and the EU. In this process, civil servants upgrade their capacities and leadership skills, and bring home hands-on knowledge of European principles of administration, thus contributing to the acceleration of the European integration of the region and its substantial transformation.
The Fellowship Programme for Government Officials from the Western Balkans was launched in 2008. So far, more than 170 scholars have benefited from this program, and today they form a large regional community of people who work towards the Europeanization of the Balkans.