• 8-June-2020

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    Responding to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic: Mapping the EU member States' public administration responses to the pandemic (Public finance)

    This analytical overview presents the measures taken by EU member States' in the policy area of public financial management, in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic crisis and how EU member States and selected OECD countries have managed the initial stage of the crisis with regard to the functioning of the government and the public administration.

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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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  • 17-February-2017

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    Integrity risk assessment of the public procurement system in Jordan, SIGMA report 30 November 2016

    The Jordanian Integrity and Anti-Corruption Commission requested SIGMA to review the public procurement system in Jordan. The objective of the review was to map the possible corruption risks and develop recommendations to improve the system. This report is based on the SIGMA review. It reveals that there are many challenges ahead and much room for improvement in the various aspects of the Jordanian procurement system.

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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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  • 20-January-2017

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    Procurement Tools (Policy brief No. 11, September 2016)

    This brief focuses on three specific modern types of procurement tools: framework agreements, electronic auctions and dynamic purchasing systems. EU Member States have the option of deciding whether or not to implement provisions permitting these procurement tools.

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  • 20-January-2017

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    What are the Public Procurement Procedures and When Can They Be Used? (Policy brief No. 10, September 2016)

    This brief gives an overview of the main competitive procedures available for contracting authorities under EU law. The Brief gives guidance on choosing which procedure to use, presenting good practises and examples as well. Finally, it gives a summary on the derogations from the obligation to publish a contract notice and use a competitive process.

  • 20-January-2017

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    Tender Evaluation and Contract Award (Policy brief No. 9, September 2016)

    This brief presents the key principles governing the process of evaluation of tenders, the role and operation of an evaluation panel, the clarification process as well as the choice of the best tender on the basis of the lowest price and the choice of the best tender on the basis of the most economically advantageous tender criterion. The Brief also includes good practice notes and practical examples.

  • 20-January-2017

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    Selecting Economic Operators (Policy brief No. 7, September 2016)

    This brief gives an overview about the relevant rules of Public Procurement Directives which significantly limit a contracting authority’s discretion in this area. It also provides a checklist of the main points that should be addressed when defining the overall strategy for the selection of economic operators.

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