The OECD report “Towards a Single Government Approach” (2011) is the most comprehensive and extensive assessment prepared on the governance of Estonia in recent years, which assesses the governance of Estonia as a whole. The report analyses the performance of the central government and the sub-national level.
“Fostering Strategic Capacity Across Governments and Digital Services Across Borders” (2015) is a joint report on public governance and the development of cross-border digital government in Estonia and Finland.
The OECD report “Towards a Single Government Approach” recommendations
The OECD report, presented on 18 March 2011, makes specific recommendations in three areas:
Implementation of the principles of the Government as a whole
Estonia has to move towards more unified governance. This requires making the work of the central government and its reorganisation more flexible, improving cooperation between various authorities and focusing more on the joint execution of the Government’s objectives.
Developing a common agendaEstonia needs to pay more attention to addressing those issues that concern the responsibilities of several ministries and the development of horizontal coordination.There is also a need to create opportunities for more integrated functioning of the public service. This requires increasing the flexibility of the Government administration in addressing priority issues, reorganising agencies and managing resources.
The report also recommends paying more attention to the impact analysis while preparing the decisions.
Delivering the public services effectivelyThe public services need to be provided in a more comprehensive manner in order to improve their availability throughout the country. The efficiency of the Government work at a regional level has to be increased by re-assessing the county administrative tasks and by integrating administrative regions.Ways to improve the quality of public services provided both by the state and the national government as well as to harmonise the quality of the services in the national government have to be found.
To make the provision of the services offered by the national governments more efficient and improve the quality, the report recommends promoting voluntary cooperation between the national governments even more and paying more attention to the development of comprehensive regional programs.
Action Plan for Implementation of OECD Public Governance Review
An action plan for the implementation of OECD Public Governance Reviews was adopted in 2011. An updated version of the action plan, entitled “Action Plan for building administrative capacity and implementing the recommendations of OECD Public Governance Reviews”, was approved by the Government Decision on 15 December 2014.
The Action Plan also serves as a strategic policy framework that sets out objectives and indicators for using EU funds to build administrative capacity.
The objective of the action plan is to increase the Government’s capacity to solve long-term and cross-cutting issues.
The action plan sets out three indicator objectives:
- more efficient governance and reduced administrative burden
- the proportion of government sector employees in the working age population has not increased
- the share of government spending in GDP has not grown
Main lines of action
- More flexible governance
- The funding of cross-cutting programmes and an activity-based budget
- Building the capacity for policy-making
- Using thematic task forces and horizontal networks
- Improving the quality of the legal environment and legislative drafting in key areas
- Tailoring the government’s human resource policy to demographic trends
- Developing the administrative capacity of the staff
A priority of the action plan is to support the broad structural changes that lead to:
- improved capacity for policy-making;
- improved public services;
- reduced administrative burden for citizens and companies;
- improved cooperation between participants;
- more efficient use of resources.
Preference is given to the actions implemented as a joint effort between different ministries.
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Joint report “Fostering Strategic Capacity Across Governments and Digital Services Across Borders”
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What is the OECD?
The OECD or the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development is a forum of industrially advanced democratic countries with a permanent location in Paris. The OECD currently includes 34 countries.
Not to be confused with the OSCE or the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe.
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