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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

IPA Regional Public Procurement Conference June 2018 photo

Eighth SIGMA Regional IPA Conference on Public Procurement

SIGMA organised the Eighth Regional IPA Conference on Public Procurement in Bečići, Montenegro, on 13-14 June 2018. The event was co-hosted by the Montenegrin Public Procurement Administration. The conference provided an overview of the challenges of adjusting public procurement systems to the new international practices in order to enhance smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

Second SIGMA ENP East Regional Conference on Public Procurement Ukraine May 2018 news item

Second SIGMA Regional ENP East Conference on Public Procurement

SIGMA, together with the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, organised the Second Regional European Neighbourhood (ENP) East Conference on Public Procurement in Kyiv on 29-30 May 2018. The conference addressed recent developments and the challenges presented by the increasing pressure to adjust public procurement systems to international practice.

Joint Regional Conference organised by SIGMA and ReSPA

The primary objective of this event, held in Montenegro on 16-17 May, was to bring closer together two key topics of public management: the professionalisation of the senior civil service and managerial accountability. The conference discussions were based upon two recently prepared SIGMA studies, from which key findings were presented.

Analysis of the Professionalisation of the Senior Civil Service and the Way Forward for the Western Balkans

SIGMA Paper No. 55 analyses and compares the state of play of professionalisation of the senior civil service in the Western Balkans and suggests ways forward. The paper is intended to help senior decision makers to design policies and institutions to support greater professionalism of the senior civil service.

Bilateral event: Public Administration Reform Challenges

On 21 March SIGMA organised a conference on PAR challenges in Skopje. SIGMA’s 2017 Monitoring Report and planned reforms were debated with over 100 participants. High-level panellists, including representatives of the EC and Macedonian Ministers, set a framework for the discussion which was followed by panels focusing on the practical aspects of the implementation of the reforms.