• 19-June-2019


    Guidelines for assessing the quality of internal control systems (SIGMA Paper No.59, June 2019)

    These Guidelines explain how to develop internal control in public sector organisations and how to assess the quality of existing systems. They are intended to guide ministries of finance and public sector managers in EU candidate countries and potential candidates, but could also be used by other administrations.

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  • 28-May-2019

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    Baseline Measurement Report Armenia 2019

    This first Armenia Baseline Measurement Report which focuses on six key public administration areas is based on the methodology and indicators developed for the European Neighbourhood countries. Whilst it covers the main developments in the period January 2017 to December 2018, its findings are intended to help the Government of Armenia plan and implement further reforms in key areas of public administration.

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  • 6-September-2018


    Implementing the EU Directives on the selection of economic operators in public procurement procedures (SIGMA Paper No.56, September 2018)

    SIGMA Paper No. 56 analyses and presents the implementation of new procurement tools relating to the choice of participants in public procurement procedures in selected EU member countries, based on the EU Directives, in order to provide examples to SIGMA’s partner countries.

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  • 13-June-2017


    Developing effective working relationships between supreme audit institutions and parliaments (SIGMA Paper No.54, May 2017)

    SIGMA Paper No. 54 provides a comparative analysis of the working relationships between supreme audit institutions and parliaments in the European Union (EU) and EU Accession countries. The paper describes the expectations for such relationships and the factors that influence them, and provides examples and guidance to support the development of effective working relationships.

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  • 30-May-2017

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    Principles of Public Administration for EU candidate countries and potential candidates (SIGMA 2017)

    The Principles define what good governance entails in practice and outline the main requirements that countries should follow during the European integration process. They also feature a monitoring framework, enabling regular analysis of progress in applying the Principles and setting country benchmarks.

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  • 9-February-2017


    Managerial Accountability in Public Administration (Montenegro, September 2016)

    The objective of this SIGMA conference paper is to explain the notion of managerial accountability and to introduce a discussion about the practical aspects of its implementation. This paper was presented at the 4th Regional Conference on Public Internal Financial Control for EU Enlargement Countries held on 29-30 September 2016 in Montenegro.

  • 20-January-2017

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    Detecting and Correcting Common Errors in Public Procurement (Policy brief No. 29, September 2016)

    This brief gives a short overview of the issue of common errors in public procurement. For the purposes of the brief, errors are understood as infringements of public procurement rules and principles, regardless of the stage of the procedure. It analyses the types of errors and their impact on the results of the public procurement procedure.

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  • 9-May-2016

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    Principles of Public Administration for European Neighbourhood Policy countries (SIGMA 2016)

    These Principles are aimed at developing a shared understanding of what public administration reform entails and what countries could aim for with their administrative reforms, whether through comprehensive public administration reform (PAR) programmes or only in one of the core areas of PAR.

  • 18-March-2015


    Public Procurement Training Manual

    The public procurement training manual was produced by SIGMA in 2010. It has been updated in 2015 following three new public procurement directives adopted by the European Union in 2014.

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  • 18-November-2014

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    Principles of Public Administration for EU Enlargement countries (SIGMA 2014)

    Principles of Public Administration provide a detailed definition of good public administration that the Western Balkan countries and Turkey should be aiming for as European Union Accession countries. These principles supplement the European Commission Enlargement package, which defined public administration reform as a pillar of the enlargement process.

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