This course within the Matra Patrol Training programmes is aimed at policy and decision makers at national and subnational government level. You will learn more about the basic concepts of administrative, fiscal and political decentralisation, multilevel governance and accountability. We will pay visits to the Netherlands’ ministries of Home Affairs, the Dutch association of local authorities and the municipality of  The Hague.

Attention will also be paid to the European framework for Decentralisation, European regulations with an impact on regions and municipalities in Europe, EU-subsidies and institutions for cooperation between regional and local authorities in Europe. In addition, analytical skills will be practiced as well as working in teams, lobbying in Brussels and change management.

Eligible are senior civil servants working for (sub)national government in the following countries: Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey.

This course  is part of a larger programme consisting of eight courses in the field of Rule of Law, financed by the Netherlands´government: MATRA Patrol. The aim of the Rule of Law-programme is to stimulate and support European integration by capacity building of government organisations in the target countries.

Application is now open (deadline is 2 August 2015).

Matra Patrol decentralisation 2014 group picture