The Project is financed by the European Union and the Council of Europe.

Project Background 

The Project “Human Resources Management in Local Self-Government” is a joint project financed by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe in Serbia.

The project is built on the implementation of the Strategy of Public Administration Reform in the Republic of Serbia and in accordance with the principles enshrined in the European Charter of Local Self-Government, which provides a solid basis for setting-up strong and stable local authorities in the country.

Overall objective

The overall objective of the project is implementation of key priority public administration reform initiatives related to the central and local administrative level in order to improve efficiency, effectiveness, transparency, commitment to preventing discrimination and accountability of public administration at both central and local level.

The development of an efficient local self-government system in order to promote good governance and more effective provision of services to citizens, to strengthen the administrative capacity of the local administration to meet the standards of the Council of Europe and the European Union and to implement the acquis communautaire effectively.

In that perspective, the project aims at establishing the principles of professionalisation, modernisation and decentralisation of public administration, on the basis of strategic documents and legal framework regarding the public administration reform and status and salaries of employees in LSG units.

Project Purpose

The purpose of the project is the enhancement of effectiveness and administrative capacities in LSG units through support to the establishment of a professional training system and improved HRM function.

Expected results

Improvements in human resources system are directly linked with development of an efficient and accountable public administration for the benefit of citizens. Development of modern and effective human resource management at local level is contributing to respecting the five general principles of any public administration reform: decentralisation, depoliticisation, professionalisation, rationalisation and modernisation.

The proiect aims to develop and implement modern HRM tools in Serbian local self-government units and to enable establishing of effective institutional and organizational framework for supporting the professional training of local employees, with quality training programmes based on staff needs and evaluation outcome. It is expected that project results will contribute to improved quality of municipal services to citizens and raised awareness by elected officials of the needs to maintain and strengthen the professional skills of local government staff.

Following main outputs of the project should be achieved:

  • New legal framework in the area of human resources in local self-government implemented and modern HRM tools developed (human resource planning, job classification and organization, staff recruitment and selection, support to interns and new employees, staff training and development, monitoring and evaluating the performance of employees, incentive and disciplinary mechanisms, and other);
  • Action Plan for implementation of the Strategy for professional training of LSG units’ employees implemented;
  • Assessment/evaluation of effective implementation of new tools and continual tools upgrade.

The project is structured in two components/expected results (ER) which will cover number of activities dealing respectively with improved HRM functions and establishment of professional training system.

ER 1: Establishment / improvement of a coherent legal, institutional and organizational framework for the enhancement of the human resource management system in local self-government units.

Following specific results will be achieved under ER 1:

1.1 Local administrations trained and equipped to apply provisions of the Law, by-laws and respective modern HRM tools;

1.2 Raised awareness on the importance of the role of HRM in local administration and continuous exchange of information and knowledge within local government system;

ER 2: Establishment of an operational institutional and organizational framework for LSG professional training system.

Following specific results will be achieved under ER 2:

2.1 Mechanisms and instruments for implementation of the professional training of employees in LSG units created;

2.2 The capacity of the MPALSG and other beneficiaries for implementation and monitoring of the Strategy for professional training of LSG unit employees enhanced

Main Partners

Main project partners are the Ministry of Public Administration and Local Self-Government and the Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities. 


The Project is financed by the European Union and the Council of Europe for a total amount of 2.000.000 Euros.


The implementation period of the project is 22 months, starting from 03 March 2016 until 20 December 2017.

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