The 'Centre of Government' is the body that provides direct support and advice to the Head of Government and the Council of Ministers, for example:
- Heads of Prime Minister's Offices
- Cabinet Secretaries
- Secretaries- General of the Government
The CoG meetings began in the 1980s, and were consolidated into an annual event in the 1990s. CoG constitutes a forum for informal discussion and remain one of the OECD’s highest-level policy networks.
The meetings serve three main purposes:
- To review issues of how to make the centre of national government work more effectively;
- To achieve a more in-depth understanding of decision and policymaking systems in the host country.
- To work on broad governance issues fundamental to achieving economic and social public policy objectives.
The meetings are hosted each year by one of the members of the network.
2014 Vienna, Austria
Vision, leadership, innovation: Driving public policy performance
2013 Santiago, Chile
Recovering public trust in challenging times through a strategic state
2012 London, United Kingdom
The role of the Centres of Governments in meeting today’s economic challenges
2011 Ottawa, Canada
Effective Responses to Modern Challenges
2010 Berlin, Germany
Future Growth, Fiscal Consolidation and Implementation
2009 Paris, France
Managing the Crisis: From Recovery Policies to Long-term Reforms
Political Economy of Reform: Ensuring Stakeholder Support
2007 Bern, Switzerland
Strengthening Public Trust by Delivering on Promises: What Role for the Centre?
2006 Vienna, Austria
Leadership in Managing Risk
A decade of decision-making: Annual Meetings of Senior Officials from Centres of Government from OECD Countries (1995-2004)