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WFD's work with NPC praised and recognized in a major study on parliamentary cooperation in the Western Balkans conducted by the European Commission

On February  4th 2015 the European Commission published a study on parliamentary cooperation that included “Mapping and analysis of international parliamentary institutions and parliamentary networks in the Western Balkans and South East Europe” and provided an Overview of Parliamentary Capacity Building in EU candidate countries and potential candidates.

The study mapped and evaluated 15 regional parliamentary institutions, initiatives and networks in the Western Balkans and South East Europe. The Network of Parliamentary Committees on Economy, Finance and European Integration of Western Balkans (NPC) financed by WFD was one of 15 regional parliamentary initiatives evaluated as part of this study.

The work that WFD and NPC did over the past 3 years was recognized and praised by the evaluators, resulting in a recommendation to the European Commission that WFD and NPC could potentially receive financial support from the EC/IPA funds for parliamentary cooperation.

According to Mr. Aleksandar Damjanovic, Chairperson of the Committee on Finance, Economy and Budget in the Parliament of Montenegro:

“The establishment and the work of the NPC provides an important contribution to the parliamentary cooperation in the Western Balkans, especially due to the fact that 25 parliamentary committees that work on issues of Economy, Finance and European integration are part of this network. NPC is specific because it allows joint meetings and sessions where different parliamentary committees discuss key issues for the process of European integration of the Western Balkans like: oversight control of the budget, usage of IPA funds, cooperation in the field of energy, infrastructure and other important issues. Through this cooperation within the NPC, the MPs exchange experiences, identify common problems and agree on the best parliamentary practices in the region, therefore enhancing the efficiency of the control mechanisms of the parliaments and parliamentary committees on the work of the Governments.”

This is another important acknowledgment of the dedicated work that the MPs and parliamentary staff from the Western Balkans parliaments are doing in order to ensure better and closer parliamentary cooperation in the region.

The full text of the study can be found on the following links:

 

The work of the NPC from 2012 to 2015 has been supported by the WFD Western Balkans program. The Westminster Foundation for Democracy will continue to provide support to the NPC for another three year period, until 2018.

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