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This comparative analysis takes stock of the organisational set up, regulatory framework, and the practices of the key centre of government functions in the Western Balkans, highlighting similarities and differences, and it also gives examples from some EU Member States.
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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.
This report contains the background papers presented at a multi-country meeting on European integration and administrative reform organised in 1997 for senior government officials from twelve central and eastern European countries. It also includes an inventory of how candidate countries plan to manage European integration — as well as ten points which emerged during the panel discussions of senior negotiators.
This report examines the use of public opinion surveys as tools to advance administrative reforms in western European countries and central and eastern European countries. The aim is to demonstrate to central and eastern European governments and civil servants the utility of public opinion surveys before, during and after reforms in their countries and to encourage their systematic use.
This paper lays out basic principles, tools and issues for building institutions. The target audience includes all those involved in Institution Building within candidate countries, EU Member States, the European Commission and the aid community. The paper highlights the issues associated with building effective institutions while providing concrete examples of how Member States and candidate countries have responded to such challenges.
This SIGMA paper attempts to identify the standards to which EU candidate countries are expected to conform in order to align their public administrations with those of EU Member States.
This paper analyses the negotiations which will take place with the six Western Balkan countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia) and attempts to identify where the major problems are likely to lie. Also available in Albanian and Bosnian-Serbian-Croatian.
This Paper discusses how EU member states and candidate countries define and implement what is referred to as the “Rule of Law”. In doing so, it identifies the existence of a fundamental dilemma between the need for more ambition in promoting the “Rule of Law” and the need for more restraint in the claims made on behalf of “Rule of Law” assessment and assistance.
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This paper considers the promotion of efficiency and the respect for legality, two of the most important principles for those engaged in the study of public administration, those in charge of policies related to its reform, those who have responsibilities in the management of public services, and those employed in these services.
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As the countries of the Western Balkans are at different stages of integration into the European Union, this paper deals with both the institutional consequences of a Stabilisation and Association Agreement with the EU and the preparations for accession negotiations.