SIGMA's annual Assessments review the progress made by EU Candidates and Potential Candidates in five areas of public administration reform. These Assessments feed into the EC's annual Progress Reports and to its programming of technical assistance. They also aim to provide countries with inputs into their own reform activities.
The Assessments are conducted against sectoral baselines developed by SIGMA and the EC and cover the following five areas: civil service management and administrative legal framework, integrity, policy making and coordination, public finance and audit and public procurement. Every year, the EC prioritises the areas to be assessed.
The last 3 assessments conducted for each area are available for each country. Earlier assessments can be obtained upon request.
Assessments of European Union 2007 entrants Bulgaria and Romania were conducted between 1999 and 2006.
Assessments of the following eight European Union 2004 entrants were conducted between 1999 and 2003: Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.
These assessment reports can be obtained upon request.
Governance Assessments of Ukraine were conducted in 2006 and 2007.
* 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.