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Estonia, Finland and the OECD will cooperate in state governance

27. February 2014 - 13:20
Estonia, Finland and the OECD will cooperate in state governance
Estonia, Finland and the OECD will cooperate in state governance
Estonia, Finland and the OECD will initiate a project, as a result of which reports will be completed on the subject of state governance and e-governance of both countries.
 
The reports will be on the best practices in international comparison and will advise in promoting the cooperation in cross-border e-governance between Estonia and Finland.
 
The new reports are based on the analyses of Estonia and Finland from a few years back. The OECD 2011 report "Towards a Single Government Approach" on Estonia, is the most elaborated and substantial analyse of the last years on Estonian state governance as a whole.
 
The performance of the central government as well as the necessary activities for improving the quality of the provision of public services, organizational arrangements and possible changes on the local level, were analysed.
 
According to the report, Estonia will have to move towards a single government approach. In order to obtain that goal, the work and restructuring of the central government should be made more flexible, cooperation between various institutions improved, a bigger focus should be put on common implementation of government's goals and possibilities found to improve the public services on both state and local level as well as to harmonize the quality of services provided on the local level.
 
A similar report on Finland was put together by the OECD in 2010.
 
During a meeting that took place on 18th June last year, prime ministers Andrus Ansip and Jyrki Katainen expressed the readiness for cooperation in governance. The prime ministers also signed an agreement on 10th December, which is known to be the world's first digitally signed intergovernmental agreement and which features common development of e-services.
 
In the process of preparation of the reports, Finland, Estonia and the OECD will have four joint seminars. The first seminar will be held in Helsinki, on 27th February. The results of the work will be presented in the beginning of 2015. From Estonia's side the work will be led by the Government Office.
 
The OECD report „Towards a Single Government Approach“: http://www.riigikantselei.ee/en/oecd-public-governance-review