Following the decision of the new Government to reduce the number of Ministries and the request by Prime Minister Kurti to the EU to provide expert assistance, yesterday a first meeting co-chaired by Deputy Prime Minister's Abdullah Hoti and Haki Abazi and Head of EU Office/EUSR Ambassador Nataliya Apostolova, SIGMA representatives and concerned line ministries took place to discuss the issues related to such a reorganisation and the implications in this regard of the new Law on the Organisation and Functioning of the State Administration and Independent Agencies. Full ownership by the Government is crucial to making a success of the merger and restructuring of Ministries. The EU stands ready to support such a government-led process and share its experience of similar reform efforts from EU member countries and the region with the Kosovo Government. A first step was taken to initiate a dialogue with the involved Ministers, Secretary Generals and other staff responsible for the restructuring process to understand the state of play, specific objectives, ongoing initiatives and expectations around such support. Over the next days, further and more detailed discussions will take place with concerned Ministers and Ministries.
SIGMA (Support for Improvement in Governance and Management) is a joint initiative of the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) and the EU. Its key objective is to strengthen the foundations for improved public governance through building the capacities of the public sector, enhancing horizontal governance and improving the design and implementation of public administration reforms, including proper prioritisation, sequencing and budgeting. Further, EU Technical Assistance specific project to support the implementation of three PAR laws that were passed in February last year, started already yesterday. The Law on the organisation and functioning of state administration and independent agencies provides the key framework for the work ahead.