Estonia: Towards a Single Government Approach

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These OECD country reviews examine governance and public management issues from a comprehensive perspective, helping countries to identify how reforms can better reinforce each other in support of overall government objectives.  They also examine reform strategies that have worked in other countries and provide advice as to which reforms can be appropriately adapted to a given country.    

Since the restoration of independence in 1991, Estonia has met the challenge of establishing a fully functional, stable, and modern state.  This review looks at how, building on its significant accomplishments to date, the Estonian public administration can work together as a single government to improve and sustain service delivery to citizens and to meet new challenges on the horizon. 


Building a Common Agenda

Estonia’s public administration functions on the basis of multiple strategic plans, many of which do not become operational. Given that 2013 marks the end of the current strategy planning period, Estonia’s ministries and agencies have the opportunity to re-assess how they go about their planning and prioritisation, identify ways to build greater cross-sectoral collaboration, and better integrate strategic and budgetary planning. To this end, Estonia is looking to strengthen the links between strategic planning and budget frameworks, and intends to develop its performance budgeting processes as a means to improve capacity for decision making, prioritisation and accountability. Further enhancing its evidence-based decisionmaking capacity and building citizen engagement practices could strengthen Estonia’s anticipative, innovative and adaptive capacity.


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