E. Misiūnas: Preparing for Membership of the OECD Will Accelerate Changes in Public Governance

2017 04 26
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Lithuania's delegation headed by the Minister of the Interior Eimutis Misiūnas participates in 55th Public Governance Committee session of Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris.

The aim of the delegation consisting of more than 12 representatives of various institutions is to convince the OECD member states that Lithuania has chosen the right direction in the process of preparation for becoming a member of the OECD, and to this end is already carrying out the necessary reforms in the public governance sector.

OECD Public Governance Committee helps countries to strengthen and improve their capacities of governing and policy-making and increasing efficiency of the performance of public institutions. It should be noted that the OECD assesses the Lithuanian public governance sector favourably. However, the Lithuanian delegation has quite a difficult mission – to convince the OECD member states that Lithuania is able to implement the OECD recommendations on whistleblower protection, lobbying, public procurement and gender equality.

"The State's accession to any organization motivates to gather up, chase high standards and make necessary changes much faster," – stressed the Minister Eimutis Misiūnas.

He also underlined commitments of the Lithuanian Government while seeking further progress, informed the OECD Public Governance Committee of the actions in the areas of public governance transformation, greater engagement of citizens, openness of government decision-making processes, simplification of bureaucratic processes, consolidation of common functions. He also spoke about the actions which will implement institutional, administrative and growth-enhancing reforms institutional, administrative and growth-enhancing reforms in Lithuania.

At present the OECD has 35 member states. Currently Colombia, Lithuania and Costa Rica are negotiating for membership in the organization. Membership in the organization is considered as good index of economic stability and reliability of state, and Lithuania's membership in the OECD will have a positive impact on attracting investments, international borrowing costs.