SIGMA is 25

This icon is used on SIGMA's home page to celebrate its 25 years anniversary

Celebrating 25 years

In 1992, OECD and the EU created a joint programme to focus on strengthening public management. Since then, SIGMA has worked with EU candidate countries and potential candidates, many of which are now EU members, and, from 2008, with European Neighbourhood countries.

Principles of Public Administration


A framework for good public administration

The Principles were first developed in 2014 to set out in practice what a well-functioning public administration looks like. Initially targeted at EU candidate countries and potential candidates, a version of the Principles has been developed for European Neighbourhood countries.

News & Events

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Bilateral event: Public Administration Challenges in Bosnia and Herzegovina

This event, held in Sarajevo on 31 January, was organised by SIGMA and the BiH Public Administration Reform Co-ordination Office to present the 2017 SIGMA BiH Monitoring Report and discuss progress with the new PAR Strategic Framework. Participants included the Chairman of the BiH Council of Ministers, the EU Ambassador, civil servants, NGOs, DG NEAR, ReSPA and various donors.

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SIGMA Ministerial Conference: Good Public Governance – Delivering for Citizens and Businesses

SIGMA held a high-level conference on 13-14 December 2017 at the OECD in Paris, jointly hosted with the European Commission, to support the greater emphasis placed by the European Union (EU) on the importance of public administration reform and public financial management for its 18 partner EU Accession candidate countries and potential candidates, and Neighbourhood countries.

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Monitoring Reports

SIGMA has completed Monitoring Reports against the Principles of Public Administration in the seven EU candidate countries and potential candidates. The Reports are the result of comprehensive assessments undertaken by SIGMA in the six key areas of public administration reform. They highlight the main developments, as well as proposing detailed, sequenced reform recommendations.

Public administration in Ukraine: assessing the state of affairs, achievements and challenges

The Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, the National Agency on Civil Service and SIGMA organised a joint high-level event in Kiev on 16 November to discuss progress in public administration reform and upcoming challenges, and to launch a baseline measurement assessment to be conducted by SIGMA at the request of the Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers.

European Court of Auditors 40th anniversary event held in Luxembourg on 11 October 2017

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) hosts chief auditors from EU candidate countries and potential candidates

On 11 October, SIGMA participated in the ECA’s 40th anniversary event in Luxembourg, together with the Heads of the Supreme Audit Institutions of the EU and Heads of the Supreme Audit Institutions of EU Candidate Countries and Potential Candidates. The Network of the latter also discussed and agreed their work programme for the coming years, supported by the ECA and SIGMA.