The Hague Academy, together with the Asser Institute and Ecorys, has develop and organised a new training programme to support the transition process in eight candidate EU-countries. The aim of this programme was to aid institutional capacity building in the fields of Rule of Law within the government in the target countries. Another objective was the creation of transnational networks, to promote the exchange of knowledge and future collaboration between the participants.

The programme consisted of expert lectures, study visits in The Netherlands and skills practicing. It was organised yearly, from 2012 to 2015, and consisted of a total of eight courses. Two courses that were facilitated by The Hague Academy are: Integrity of Civil Servants and Decentralisation.

Integrity of Civil Servants
This course aims to increase understanding of both the international/EU framework for integrity policy and the national context of the participants┬┤ countries. The course provides insight in the roles and responsibilities of the different actors in promoting integrity of civil servants. The seven building blocks of integrity will be discussed, as well as coherence of integrity policies with the overall financial and HR-policy.
Participants will visit Dutch organisations and discuss cases from the Netherlands. European organisations such as OLAF and GRECO will present their work in the field of anti-corruption. In addition, knowledge and skills to develop an integrity policy for civil servants at different government levels will be enhanced. Special attention will be paid to obstacles and dilemma┬┤s in the implementation process and how to overcome them.

Decentralisation
The Decentralisation course is aimed at policy and decision makers at national and subnational government level. After completing the course the participants will be better able to implement and coordinate decentralisation processes in their respective countries. They will have increased their insight in the level of decentralisation in their home country, are aware of the importance of good governance at all government levels, and have insight in the elements that contribute to effective interadministrative relations. Also, they will have better knowledge on EU-regulations that have an impact on local government, and are able to influence and lobby for local interests in the EU.