On September 23, Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine Oleh Nemchinov met with the delegation of the Support for Improvement in Governance and Management (SIGMA) Programme. The meeting was attended by Gregor Virant, Head of the SIGMA, and his team: Martins Krievins, Lech Marcinkowski and Ferdinand Pot.
"I had the honor to discuss together with my European counterparts that an important leap forward was the adoption of a new Strategy for Public Administration Reform until 2025. We also tackled the importance of the reforms concerning civil service wages and ministries and the introduction of the Human Resource Management Information System (HRMIS)," Oleh Nemchinov told.
Moreover, attention was devoted to the issues of the baseline assessment of the public administration system of Ukraine, conducted in 2018 on the principles of SIGMA, which became a good basis for updating the current Public Administration Reform Strategy and allowed a clearer focus on reform processes.
It should be noted that the SIGMA Programme is one of the most prestigious thinktanks in the European Union, which was launched in 1992 at the initiative of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and the European Union.
This Programme helps countries plan and implement their priority reforms through bilateral technical assistance projects, regional activities and horizontal initiatives to support the European Commission in reforming public administration, including public financial management.
In 2018, at the initiative of the Government of Ukraine, a basic assessment of the public administration system of Ukraine was conducted using the principles of SIGMA. The evaluation system includes 9 key requirements for the quality of public administration, 37 indicators and more than 200 indicators. For Ukraine, SIGMA experts used the criteria applicable to EU candidate countries and potential candidate countries.