The European Council officially granted EU candidate status to Albania on 27 June 2014. Since its application for membership in 2009, and with the support of SIGMA, the country has made significant progress with public administration reform, especially in the areas of civil service, public finance and audit, as well as public procurement.
Both an ambitious European integration agenda and the need for Montenegro to develop a more competitive economy require that national policy capacities are systematic, thorough and agile at the same time. SIGMA's review examines how policy making is organised in Montenegro, looking at both the Government and the Parliament. Photo: Government of Montenegro.
On 27 June 2014 Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine signed an Association Agreement and a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement with the European Union, providing them with access to the EU's single market. SIGMA works with these countries in the framework of the European Neighbourhood Instrument.
In 2013, SIGMA conducted a successful peer review which will serve as the basis for the Court’s strategic development plan. This will enable the Court to become an independent supreme audit institution that operates according to international standards. The review was published on their website as an example of the increasing transparency and accountability of public governance.