• 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

    English, PDF, 1,718kb

    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.

  • 14-March-2014


    The Audit of Secret and Politically Sensitive Subjects (SIGMA Paper No. 7, 1996)

    This paper is the result of a comparison of the audit practices with respect to the audit of secret and politically sensitive subjects by the Supreme Audit Institutions (SAI’s) of France, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Not only do the practices differ but the mandate and composition of the SAI’s themselves are also different. This also influences the way the SAI’s operate.

  • 14-March-2014


    Budgeting and Policy Making (SIGMA Paper No. 8, 1996)

    The purpose of this Paper is to provide a reference book and a training manual for public administrators in the transitional economies, and in particular for officials with budgeting and policy making responsibilities. This is a follow-up to the SIGMA multi-country seminar held in Ljubljana in April 1996.

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