The process of modernization of the civil service system started in 50 municipalities and cities in Serbia
All 50 cities and municipalities in Serbia that have received support from the Council of Europe and the European Union for the professional development of employees and the establishment of human resource management systems in local self-government have started their one-year process of modernizing civil servants system.
This process of promoting work in 50 local governments is part of the European Union and Council of Europe ‘Human Resources Management in Local Government – Phase 2’ program, which will last until the end of 2021 and which aims to create a modern system of public service based on skills, knowledge and skills in line with European standards and principles of good governance in local governments.
The local self-governments involved in this program have received the so-called “communal support package” with specially developed guidelines and procedures for improving personnel management in local self-government. This means that they will be supported by advisers from the Council of Europe until the end of 2020 to change the system of human resource management. This process includes a number of activities that help improve the quality of work in the administration in general and make the administration a good service to citizens and business.
In the initial phase of implementing the “municipal support packages”, an impact assessment was first carried out in the area of human resource management in all local governments and operating plans were developed to improve the following areas: organization and planning of human resources, recruitment, professional development and training of employees, employee evaluation , Disciplinary and grievance procedures, and communication skills, ethics, values and corporate culture.
The support package of the Council of Europe and the European Union currently consists of the following local governments: Aleksinac, Bac, Bajina Basta, Becej, Backa Palanka, Beocin, Belgrade, Bujanovac, Cacak, Choka, Golubac, Kikinda, Knjazevac, Kovin, Kragujevac, Kraljevo, Krusevac , Leskovac, Loznica, Medwedja, Niš, Nova Varos, Novi Pazar, Novi Sad, Palilula (Niš), Pancevo, Petrovac na Mlavi, Pirot, Plandiste, Presevo, Priboj, Prokuplje, Raska, Sabac, Smederevo, Sombor, Srbobran, Sremska Mitrovica, Surcin, Svrljig, Trstenik, Tutin, Uzice, Valjevo, Veliko Gradiste, Vrnjacka Banja, Zabalj, Zajecar, Zemun (Belgrade), Zrenjanin.
In addition to implementing the municipal support package, these local governments can participate in a special grant for funding (up to € 30,000) to implement organizational changes and improvements in their local administrations.
The program “Human Resource Management in Local Self-Government – Phase 2” worth EUR 4 million is jointly funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe in cooperation with the Ministry of Public Administration and Local Government Self-Government (MPALSG) and the Permanent Conference of Cities and Towns (SCTM).