During the ceremony of awarding the certificates for the completion of e-training, which, from 15 October to 30 November 2018, enabled the employees of local self-governments to familiarise with good governance principles such as transparency, predictability, efficiency, prohibition of discrimination and sanctioning of corruption at the local level, the attendees were addressed by the representatives of the donor, implementers and national partners of the Swiss PRO Programme.
Đorđe Staničić, SCTM Secretary General, pointed out that e-training was a modern method of learning and a significant leap in comparison to classical methods, offering great possibilities both to local political decision-makers and the employees in local self-governments in Serbia.
The State Secretary in the Ministry of Public Administration and Local Self-Government Bojan Stević stated that large interest in electronic training about good governance at the local level was an indicator of employees aspiring to raise their professionalism to a higher level. “This is the best way of approaching citizens and meeting their needs. Apart from that, Serbia is striving to access the EU and good local governance is one of the most important aspects of such pursuit”, Stević said.
The Head of Office at the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in Serbia Michela Telatin said that it was necessary to invest substantial resources in the improvement of local methods of governance on a daily basis as well. “The ultimate aim is not only to provide better services to citizens at the local level, but also to improve the lives of the people in Serbia and facilitate their access to public services”, she emphasised.
The addresses at the gathering attended by about fifty representatives of local self-governments were concluded by Sascha Müller, Head of the Governance Sector at the Swiss Embassy. “The Government of Switzerland financed the concept of good governance in local self-governments in Serbia with 6.2 million Euros, and the overall Swiss aid in the following four years will amount to 95 million Euros “,Müller stated, pointing out that good governance was a key element of every society striving towards sustainable development.