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A public policy is a course of action that a Government takes in order to achieve certain economic and social goals

PPS performs professional tasks related to the creation and management of public policies, implementation of regulatory reform and analysis of the effects of public policy documents and regulations prepared by ministries and special organizations.
The Public Policy Secretariat of the Republic of Serbia (further in the text: PPS) was established as a special organisation under the Law on Ministries (Official Gazette of the RS, No 44/14) that entered into force on 26 April 2014.
‘Public Policy Secretariat of the Republic of Serbia carries out specialised technical work that relates to: the analysis, needs assessment for, and initiation of the development of public policy documents; ensuring the alignment of proposed public policy documents and draft laws with adopted public policy documents during the process of their adoption; proposing initiatives, i.e. forwarding proposals to streamline procedures followed in the formulation of public policy documents; issuing opinion on the content completeness and quality of impact assessment of public policies and reports on the implementation of public policy documents which are prepared by ministries and special organisations; providing methodological support to ministries and special organisations during the process of formulation of planning document proposals and public policy document proposals; advancing the practice of creation and implementation of public policies, including analyses and the application of innovative instruments in public policies, as well as other activities as stipulated by law. 

Public Policy Secretariat of the Republic of Serbia prepares the Action Plan for the Implementation of the Government Programme which defines priority objectives of the Government, monitors the implementation and reports on the realization of the Action Plan for the Implementation of the Government Programme, in collaboration with all state administration bodies.

Public Policy Secretariat of the Republic of Serbia carries out specialized technical activities relating to the pursuit of regulatory reform and regulatory impact assessment prepared by ministries and special organisations, which includes: providing a prior opinion on the need to carry out impact assessment and on the completeness of submitted impact assessment; providing support to institutions proposing new regulations to establish the mechanism for the monitoring and impact assessment of regulations in the course of their preparation; collecting and processing initiatives submitted by business entities, other legal entities and citizens for the amendment of inefficient regulations on the republic level and the development of a public-private dialogue; forwarding initiatives for the amendment of inefficient regulations to responsible institutions that propose regulations; participation in the organization of trainings of civil servants involved in the development of public policies and impact assessment of public policies and regulations; carrying out tasks related to the monitoring and analysis of institutional and staff capacities for the implementation of regulatory reform, as well as other activities as laid down by law.

Public Policy Secretariat of the Republic of Serbia carries out specialised technical work relating also to: enhancement of the business environment through the development of the strategic framework in the area of regulatory reform; measurement of administrative costs borne by the business sector; management of the single registry of administrative procedures for businesses and citizens and, if necessary, undertaking of activities to ensure coordinated development of public policies of general importance for competitiveness and sustainable development.’
PPS performs professional duties that relate to the pursuit of regulatory reform and the impact assessment of regulations drafted by ministries and special organisations
Quality public policies that best lead to the development of society and the economy.
Providing support for the maintenance of quality of public policies and regulations through the mechanism of qualitative evaluation of the assessment of public policies’ and regulations’ effects on business and citizens, which public administration bodies entitled to propose strategic documents of the Government are obliged to complete;
Analytical support for the planning of strategic objectives and the monitoring of effects of Government’s public policies, the result of which might also serve as the basis for creation of more efficient public policies;
Providing support to the process of determining Government priorities in the realisation of strategic objectives, and the monitoring of results of pursued objectives and coordination of the implementation of some public policies;
The processing and submission to the Government for consideration of the businesses’ and citizens’ initiatives for addressing issues in the implementation of redundant or inefficient regulations;
Continual pursuit of the regulatory reform with a view to simplifying the regulatory framework and abolishing redundant administrative procedures.
Providing support for the maintenance of coherence of the entire planning system and the consistency of contents of Government’s strategic documents;

The system of evidence-based public policy creation and management

Finally, this law envisages that the PPS takes over from the Regulatory Reform and Regulatory Impact Assessment Unit the employed and appointed persons, as well as rights, duties, files, equipment, work resources, and archives for performing activities specified by this law. In addition, the PPS takes over from the Ministry of Regional Development and Local Self-Government the employed and appointed persons, as well as rights, duties, files, equipment, work resources, and archives for performing activities in the field of strategic analyses and research. As a newly founded ‘Centre of Government’ organisation, the PPS will continue to perform all duties that used to be the responsibility of the integrated state administration bodies.

More specifically, the PPS’ mission involves:

Ensuring the quality and harmony of public policies, public policy documents and laws drafted and proposed by decision-makers (creators of public policies and proponents of regulations); advancement of the process of public policies management (planning, analysing, creation, adoption, monitoring, evaluation of implementation and coordination of public policies) and the linking of the process of strategic management and budget programming; and setting and monitoring the implementation of strategic and operative priorities and priority objectives of the Government, as well as coordination of the process. In this way, i.e. through the setup of an efficient system of coordination of the entire process the room is created to fully implement public policy documents and laws, and to monitor progress in the achievement of strategic and operative priority objectives of the Government.

The PPS is responsible for a segment of the public administration reform in accordance with the Strategy for Public Administration Reform that the Government of the Republic of Serbia adopted on 24 January 2014, and that for the realisation of particular objectives under the heading ‘Improvement of organisational and functional subsystems of public administration’ and ‘Raising the legal safety and promotion of the business environment and the quality of provision of public services’.

The mission of the PPS as an expert agency is to provide support to the Government in the creation and adoption of public policies and regulations that are of greater quality, better harmonised, and more efficiently implemented.

In this context the reform pursued by the PPS will create mechanisms for the process of adoption of Government’s public policies to rest on evidence-based decisions and tools that would make public policies oriented towards desired outcome and effects, and based on reliable data. This also entails that public policies are mutually coordinated and in line with the budget framework.

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