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Celebrating 25 years

In 1992, OECD and the EU created a joint programme to focus on strengthening public management. Since then, SIGMA has worked with EU Accession countries, many of which are now EU member countries, and, from 2008, European Neighbourhood countries.

Principles of Public Administration


A framework for good public administration

The Principles were first developed in 2014 to set out in practice what a well-functioning public administration looks like. Initially targeted at EU Accession countries, a version of the Principles has also been developed for European Neighbourhood countries.

News & Events

Western Balkans

SIGMA-ReSPA-RCC regional conference on the functioning of the centres of government (CoGs) of the Western Balkans

On 22-23 June 2017 a regional conference was held to discuss findings from the recently published SIGMA Paper 53 (a comparative study of centres of government in the Western Balkans). The event was attended by senior officials of key Western Balkan CoG institutions, representatives of the European Commission, SIGMA, ReSPA, RCC, OECD experts and international practitioners.

Tirana Audit event 14 June 2017-news item

Roundtable on the role of Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) in combatting fraud and corruption

On 14-15 June 2017, SIGMA held a roundtable in Tirana with the Network of SAIs of EU Accession countries on the role of SAIs in combatting fraud and corruption. The event, hosted by the Albanian SAI, created a platform for discussion about the challenges the SAIs face in combatting fraud and corruption and fulfilling the significant expectations of stakeholders.

Supreme audit institutions and parliaments SIGMA Paper 54 photo © Shutterstock

Developing effective working relationships between Supreme Audit Institutions and parliaments

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.

Centres of government SIGMA Paper 53

Comparative analysis of the functioning of centres of government in the Western Balkans

SIGMA Paper No. 53 provides a comparative analysis of the functioning of the centres of government in the EU accession countries of the Western Balkans. The paper takes stock of their organisational set up, regulatory framework, and the practices of the key centre of government functions, highlighting similarities and differences, and also gives examples from some EU Member States.


Integrity risk assessment in the Jordanian public procurement system

On 30 January 2017 in Amman, SIGMA presented the main findings and recommendations of its report on the Integrity Risk Assessment in the Jordanian Public Procurement System. The event, jointly organised by the Integrity and Anti-Corruption Commission of Jordan, was opened by the President of the Jordanian Integrity and Anti-Corruption Commission and the EU Ambassador to Jordan.