Budgeting and public expenditures

Devolving and Delegating Power to More Autonomous Public Bodies and Controlling Them: The Governance of Public Agencies and Authorities


Bratislava, November 22-23, 2001
Conference for high-level officials hosted by the Government of the Slovak Republic and organised by the Public Management Service of the OECD (PUMA)

The goal of this global conference was to help eastern and central European countries strengthen the governance arrangements of their public bodies which have been given a certain level of autonomy to carry out public tasks, including service delivery, regulatory functions, or advisory activities.This forum provided policy makers and high level officials from OECD and non-OECD member countries with the opportunity to discuss the governance problems encountered in the creation and management of agencies and authorities, and share their experiences of solutions which have been put in place to solve these problems.

The forum gathered high-level officials and policy-makers either from central government (Prime Minister's Office, Ministry of Finance, Department in charge of general public management or State reform, etc.) or from central agencies themselves from OECD member countries and and non-OECD member countries of the central and eastern European region. This conference was part of the OECD Global Forum on Governance.


Background publications:

Documents from specific sessions:

Welcoming address and introductory speech

Session 1: Introduction and broad overview of the issue of accountability of autonomous public bodies

Session 2: Maintaining Government coherence and a whole of Government perspective on policy making and service delivery

Session 3: Financial management and control of public agencies

Session 4: Regulatory governance: Improving the institutional basis for sectoral regulators of infrastructure public services

Session 5: Reporting to central Government, Parliament and citizens

Session 6 and Conclusion: Guidelines for the good governance of public agencies and authorities

  • Presentation by Rob Laking , Director, Public Management Programme, Graduate School of Business and Government, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand


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