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Principles of Public Administration
Good governance matters. It has a significant impact on government performance and is therefore essential in building trust in government and delivering necessary structural reforms. A well-functioning public administration requires a professional civil service, efficient procedures for policy and legislative development, well-defined accountability arrangements between institutions and citizens as well as among institutions, ability of the administration to efficiently deliver services to citizens and businesses, and a sound public financial management system.
Since 2014, the European Commission has defined the scope of public administration reform as covering six core areas:
the strategic framework for public administration reform
policy development and co-ordination
public service and human resource management
public financial management.
The Principles of Public Administration have been developed by OECD/SIGMA in close co-operation with the European Commission to define detailed requirements for a well-functioning public administration in each of these core areas.
Although general good governance criteria are universal, OECD/SIGMA has developed more tailored Principles for
EU Enlargement countries and more generic Principles suited for a wider range of countries, including those working with the EU under the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP).