Public governance

Public Governance Committee Update - May 2012



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  • The 46th Session of the Public Governance Committee will take place in Paris from 19-20 November 2012, back-to-back with the Global Forum on Public Governance (21 November).  The 7th Meeting of the Regulatory Policy Committee will also take place from 19-20 November, and a joint PGC-RPC session on Russia Accession is planned.


Upcoming Events


  • Meeting of the Public Sector Integrity Network, 31 May-1 June, Paris
  • 33rd Annual Meeting of OECD Senior Budget Officials, 7-8 June, Reykjavik
  • Symposium on the Government Workforce of the Future: Innovation in strategic workforce planning in OECD countries, 11-12 June, Paris
  • 27th Session of the Territorial Development Policy Committee (TDPC), 12-13 June, Paris
  • Meeting of the Advisory Group on Public Sector Compensation, 18 June, Paris
  • OECD Workshop on Inter-Agency Crisis Management, 28 June, Geneva
  • Joint OECD/IRGC Expert Workshop: Risk and Crisis Communication, Opportunities and Challenges of Social Media, 29 June, Geneva
  • 8th Meeting of Central Eastern and South Eastern European Senior Budget Officials, 28-29 June, Tallinn


Recent Developments


Dialogue between the PGC Chair and the OECD Council

Paris, 4 May 2012

Ms. Katju Holkeri, the Chair of the Public Governance Committee addressed the OECD Council on 4 May. Ambassadors indicated that Public Governance is a high priority at a time when many governments are facing the challenges of implementing a difficult policy agenda.   The Chair presented how the Public Governance Committee is helping countries to face these challenges through diverse means including evidence-based policy responses, the development of standards and instruments, and support in policy implementation through reviews and regional programmes.

The discussion was opened by the Ambassadors from the UK and Mexico.

A full summary of the policy dialogue can be found on the PGC Web Portal


Approval of the OECD Recommendation on Principles for Public Governance of Public-Private Partnerships

On 4 May, the OECD Council approved the OECD Recommendation on Principles for Public Governance of Public-Private Partnerships. The Secretariat thanks the Committee for its vital contribution to the development of the Principles, which contribute to the growing body of OECD “soft law” on public economics and governance. These Principles should prove helpful to policymakers as they explore the use of PPPs to make savings and deliver effective public services.

The final version of the Recommendation and Principles, as well as a short introduction are available on the OECD website and Delegates are encouraged to share them widely.


Public Governance Reviews

OECD Public Governance Review of Slovenia
This Review is nearly completed, after discussion at the November 2011 PGC, and further discussion with Slovenia. The formal launch date is 22 June 2012. The Review's particular focus is on the structure of the public administration, the relationship between strategic planning and budgeting frameworks, and the public sector salary system.


OECD Public Governance Review of Poland
The main mission for the Review of Poland took place during the week of 7 May 2012 and the Review is expected to be published in early 2013.  The third and final phase of the Review will support the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of reforms, with the support of the Secretariat until the end of 2013.

The OECD Secretariat also advised Poland on the development of new indicators for good governance projects funded by the EU, using a newly developed methodology.  A booklet on the methodology will be published shortly, as the approach is highly relevant to other countries that seek to strengthen indicators of progress in good governance.


OECD Public Governance reviews of Greece
The OECD review of social programmes in Greece will be finalised in May 2012 and is expected to be a significant input into the discussions between Greece and the Troika on the austerity plan, which currently includes a requirement to cut social programmes by 1.5% of GDP.

The Secretariat is also engaged in a follow-up with Greece on elements of its administrative and competitiveness reforms and a review will be carried out on administrative burdens on business.


OECD Public Governance Review of Hungary
 Launched in March 2012, this two year project includes a number of workshops and seminars to strengthen expertise and provide advice to Hungarian officials.  A first workshop was launched on 10 May and two more are expected to take place in June. An interim report on Hungary’s Magyary programme for reform of its central public administration will be made available to Hungary in June.  This will be followed by a fuller Public Governance review.


Regulatory Policy and Governance


On 22 March, the OECD Council adopted the Recommendation of the Council on Regulatory Policy and Governance. The Recommendation is the first international instrument to address regulatory policy, management and governance as a whole-of-government activity that can and should be addressed by sectoral ministries, regulatory and competition agencies. A copy of the Recommendation can be obtained here.

For more information on regulatory policy, please visit our website at: or contact Nick Malyshev, Head of the Regulatory Policy Division ( or Gregory Bounds, Deputy Head of the Regulatory Policy Division (


MENA Activities

G8 Deauville Partnership Conference
Paris, 24 April 2012

The OECD has hosted a G8 Deauville Partnership Conference on the topic of “Building Open, Fair, and Transparent Government for Growth and Development” on 24th April 2012, which brought together G8 Foreign Affairs Sous Sherpas and ministers from the Middle East and North AfricaThe conclusions presented by the Chair, Robert Hormats, United States Undersecretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment, acknowledge the important role of the MENA-OECD Governance Programme in supporting the current process of transition in the Deauville Partnership Countries (Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia).

The Secretariat thanks Delegates for their constant and long-term support to the MENA Governance Programme.  Active participation in the regional policy dialogue and capacity building activities is an essential contribution to the MENA-OECD Initiative.

For more information on the conference (presentations, photos), please consult our website.




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