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The Greek Twinning Experience in the National Assembly of Serbia

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Presentation of the Twinning modality at the INTER PARES inaugural conference: 11-12 July, 2019 @ the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. Details of the Hellenic-Serbian Twinning project have been shown, along with scores of good and bad practice. Finally, a set of lessons learned has been presented.

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The Greek Twinning Experience in the National Assembly of Serbia

  1. 1. 1 The Greek Twinning Experience in the National Assembly of Serbia Inter Pares inaugural conference Brussels, 11-12 July 2019 Dr. Fotios Fitsilis, f. RTA Head of Department - Scientific Service Hellenic Parliament
  2. 2. 2 First blood… SR 11 IB OT 01 (January 2013- November 2014) Strengthening Capacities of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia in the EU Integration process – successfully concluded followed by more… AL 14 IPA JH 01 16 (May 2017-May 2018) Further Strengthening the Assembly of Albania in the context of EU Accession – successfully concluded TR 14 IB JH 03 (awarded in 2016) Empowerment of the Role of Parliament in the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights by Strengthening the Administrative Capacity of Parliament – stalled implementation
  3. 3. 3 Quick facts Number of experts >100 Countries of origin 10 Missions ~100 Recommendations > 200 Trainings 40 Participants in trainings > 800 Public events 4 Participants in public events > 400 Study visits 5 Benchmark reports 35 Administrative and special reports 25 Total number of pages > 4300
  4. 4. 4 Good practice  Ability to adapt  2014 elections: Change of focus  election observation  2014 accession negotiations  role of parliament  Custom recommendations  Development, negotiation, presentation  Special reporting  Donor coordination  Multi-stakeholder engagement  Reinvested in institutional cooperation  Hellenic – Serbian MoU  Additional (bilateral) study visits  Development of an electronic workspace  Mapping of parliamentary processes  Scientific publications: Fitsilis & Koryzis (2016), Fitsilis (2018) and Fitsilis & Jovanovic (2019, forthcoming)
  5. 5. 5 Deficiency & bad practice Lessons learned  You are on your own  EUD wants your good!  No off-the-shelf solutions  Be creative! – it will (eventually) pay out  Necessity of a dedicated unit, i.e. European Programs Implementation Service (EPIS)  Institutional fatigue  Huge expert basis  Third-party evaluation during the project!  No debriefing  Missing EUP involvement Inter Pares?  Lack of follow-up activities
  6. 6. 6 The end (or just a new beginning?) - Contacts Dr. Fotios Fitsilis fitsilisf@parliament.gr epis@parliament.gr https://www.hellenicparliament.gr

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