The assessments, carried out in the spring of 2013 on the situation in each country at that time, were agreed with the EC and are now available following publication of the Progress Reports. Each assessment report includes an overall introduction to the prioritisation of areas assessed, which were agreed with the EC, and a description of the state of play and latest developments within a country, supported by evidence-based analyses.
The 2013 SIGMA assessments should be read together with SIGMA proposals for country priorities for public administration reform (PAR). The priorities present the overall PAR needs of the country, including areas which were not covered by the assessments. The priorities identified in areas outside the scope of SIGMA assessments are based on other analytical sources and SIGMA’s extensive experience of working with the country.
SIGMA’s 6th regional conference on public procurement will bring together senior officials from EU candidate countries and potential candidates to discuss public procurement reform, with a particular focus this year on procurement in utilities and in the fields of defence and security. Each country will also share recent experiences in its national procurement system with other participants. The event is organised with the Regional School of Public Administration (ReSPA) and will take place in Danilovgrad, Montenegro, on 20-21 June 2013.
The 3rd regional conference on Public Internal Financial Control (PIFC) for EU candidate and potential candidate countries will aim to boost the development of PIFC by providing participants with the opportunity to discuss good practices for the implementation of the financial management and control (FMC) pillar of PIFC, to identify the impediments that are causing this pillar to lag behind the others, and to meet informally to share and compare national experiences and discuss specific issues among peers. The conference is organised with Turkey’s Ministry of Finance and will take place in Ankara on 4-6 June 2013.
The management of operational risk is at the heart of efficient government, but countries often fail to apply good or even routine operational risk management practices and have difficulty in understanding how to put the processes in place. Through an analysis of Turkey’s Undersecretariat of Treasury, SIGMA Paper 50 presents an overview of key operational risks and recommendations on how to develop a framework for managing them, and provides lessons learnt that can be applied in debt management units and related treasury functions across a wide range of countries.
Prepared by the EC's DG Budget with SIGMA support, this compendium provides an overview of public internal control systems used in the 27 EU Member States to manage and control their national funds, revenues and expenditures, on the basis of voluntary contributions by the Member States. The compendium contains an analysis of the systems in operation and also provides the reader with an insight into possible future developments.
* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/99 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.
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