The first regional conference for public procurement senior policy makers from European Neighbourhood South countries was held in Beirut on 2-3 June 2015. It provided an opportunity to share experiences and discuss approaches to public procurement reform with a focus on international good practices as a contribution and inspiration to public procurement reform in the region.
The first regional conference for Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) of European Neighbourhood South countries took place in Algiers in December 2014. It brought together the SAIs of seven countries of the region, providing an opportunity to share recent experience between the SAIs and EU member states concerning their efforts to “make a difference to the lives of citizens”.
At a high-level conference held in Brussels on 12 November, ministers from Western Balkan countries and Turkey endorsed the European Commission’s reinforced approach to public administration reform and discussed implementing the Principles of Public Administration and providing support for OECD/SIGMA in monitoring the reform progress of the countries.
As a supplement to the European Commission Enlargement package, which defined public administration reform as a pillar of the enlargement process, SIGMA is publishing the Principles of Public Administration that provide a detailed definition of good public administration that the Western Balkan countries and Turkey should be aiming for as European Union accession countries.
Following the publication of the EC 2014 Progress Reports, SIGMA’s Assessments, on the situation in each country as of spring 2014 and agreed with the EC, are now available. Each report includes an overall introduction to the prioritisation of areas assessed and a description of the state of play and latest developments, supported by evidence-based analyses.