The Public Administration Awards

Skopje, 08 july 2020

A unique, joint endeavour of ReSPA and OECD/SIGMA to enhance governance initiatives in the Western Balkans region.

For the first time in the Western Balkans region an awards system has been established aimed to identify, promote, learn from and recognise inspiring practices, initiatives, services and measures by the Western Balkans governments.

This unique endeavour aims to involve and promote the most effective and efficient practices among the Western Balkans governments that can inspire and push the region forward on the path toward European Union membership.

By focusing on initiatives that ensure continuity in the delivery of public services, resilience and responsiveness of public administrations, the award system will be organised annually. It will include different categories, depending on the needs and challenges that will appear in the WB region.

The 2020 Award Category: Adaptabillity of the government during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

This year, the focus is on the successful responses by the Western Balkans administrations to the COVID-19 crisis which forced the governments to be inventive and responsive to deal effectively with issues concerning both public health, public services and the economy.

The Awards highlight government efforts that advance, promote and anchor innovative, effective, inclusive and adaptable tools and systems in the Western Balkans public administrations in order to deal with extraordinary situations supporting citizens, businesses and other Governmental entities.

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The 2020 Award Criteria

The applications submitted must fall within the following areas linked to the mandate, vision, objectives, and mission of both ReSPA and OECD/SIGMA, namely: Better Regulations, Good Governance, Digital Government, Quality Management, Public Administration Reform (PAR), Public Financial Management and Human Resource Management and Development.

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Who can apply / be nominated?

The PA AWARDS 2020 is open to public sector institutions at the national level from all ReSPA Members (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia) and Kosovo* The call is also open for the sub-national and local level institutions in case there is a proved connection (collaboration/partnership / transfer of knowledge) with a PA institution at the national level. In the case of public-private partnerships, the lead nominee must be a public sector institution. Individuals cannot participate in the award.


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*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and ICJ Advisory opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence

Evaluation Process

The entire process will be conducted by the International Experts Jury composed of highly- recognised international experts (ReSPA representatives or ReSPA-selected independent experts and OECD/SIGMA representatives or/and experts appointed by them).

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Nominate your successful and inspiring initiatives that cope with Covid-19 pandemic or another crisis until 24 July 2020!

We wish you a lot of success!


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