Government at a Glance: Western Balkans

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Government at a Glance: Western Balkans presents information on public governance in the Western Balkan region – covering Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia, and compares it to OECD and OECD-EU countries. This first regional edition features 40 indicators on public finance, public employment, centre of government, budgeting practices and procedures, human resources management, public procurement, digital government, core government results and serving citizens. Governance indicators provide important benchmarks on public administration systems, practices and performance. Indicators are presented in a user-friendly format using charts, with brief descriptive analyses of the major findings, and a methodological section on the definition of the indicator and any limitations in data comparability.


Profile of centres of government

The Centre of Government (CoG) performs several critical horizontal functions, which ensure the effective functioning of the government, such as supporting the head of government’s decision-making process, and ensuring that individual policies are in line with the government programme. The CoG can involve more than one institution, for instance in Serbia it comprises the Office of Prime Minister, General Secretariat of the Government, Republic Secretariat for Legislation, Public Policy Secretariat, among others. By contrast, in Albania it is only one institution, the Office of Prime Minister, which supports the Council of Ministers as well as the Prime Minister.




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