Budgeting and public expenditures

7th Annual Meeting of OECD Parliamentary Budget Officials & Independent Fiscal Institutions -- Vienna, Austria, 16-17 April 2015

 

7th Annual Meeting of OECD Parliamentary Budget Officials & Independent Fiscal Institutions

Vienna, Austria, 16-17 April 2015


AGENDA – GOV/PGC/SBO/1(2015)3

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Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Welcome Address:

  • Reinhold Lopatka, Chairman, Parliamentary Group of the Austrian People's Party, former State Secretary, Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance

Key Note Address: Peer Reviews – An Effective Tool for Capacity Development

  • Josef Moser, President of the Austrian Court of Audit and Secretary General of INTOSAI 

Thursday, 16 April 2015
Opening by the Meeting Chair, Helmut Berger, Head, Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO), Austria and OECD Secretariat.
Welcome Addresses

  • Christoph Matznetter, Deputy Chair, Budget Committee, Austrian Parliament

SESSION 1 -- New Institutions
Chair: Christoph Matznetter, Deputy Chair, Budget Committee, Austrian Parliament
Presenters:

  • Andrus Alber, Vice-Chair, Fiscal Council, Estonia.
  • Eckhard Janeba, Chairman, Independent Advisory Board to the Stability Council, Germany.
  • Romain Bausch, Chairman, Conseil national des finances publiques (CNFP), Luxembourg
  • Susan Rice, Chairman, Scottish Fiscal Commission, Scotland, United Kingdom

SESSION 2 -- First Evaluations of Independent Fiscal Institutions
Chair: Wim Suyker, Programme Leader, Public Finance, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis.
Presenters:

  • Phil Bowen, Parliamentary Budget Officer, Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO), Australia.
  • Robert Chote, Chairman, Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), United Kingdom.
  • John McHale, Chairman, Irish Fiscal Advisory Council (IFAC), Ireland.

Welcome Address :

  • Harald Dossi, Secretary General of the Parliamentary Administration.

SESSION 3 - Evaluating the Performance of Independent Fiscal Institutions: Towards a Common Evaluation Framework
Chair: Robert Chote, Chairman, Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), United Kingdom.
Presenter:

  • Kevin Page, Jean-Luc Pepin Research Chair, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa, Canada.

SESSION 4a - Performance Budgeting and Parliamentary Oversight
Chair: Friederike Schwarzendorfer, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Finance, Austria
Presenters:

  • Joachim Wehner, Associate Professor in Public Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science.
  • Helmut Berger, Head, Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO), Austria.
  • Simon Wakefield, Head, Financial Scrutiny Unit, Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe), United Kingdom.

SESSION 4b -- Performance Budgeting and Parliamentary Oversight
A background paper can be found at: www.pbo-dpb.gc.ca/files/files/Analysis%20of%20Performance%20Budgeting_EN.pdf
Chair: Kristina Fuchs, Senior Expert, Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO), Austria
Presenter:

  • Mostafa Askari, Assistant Parliamentary Budget Officer, Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO), Canada.

Visit to the Austrian National Library and Dinner
“Reflections on Budget Accountability”, Discussion with Members of the Budget Committee of the Austrian Parliament.

Friday, 17 April 2015
SESSION 5 -- Relations with other Official Institutions
Chair: Robert Chote, Chairman, Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), United Kingdom.
Presenters:

  • José Luis Escriva, President, Autoridad Independiente de Responsabilidad Fiscal (AIREF), Spain.
  • Ludovit Ódor, Council Member, Council for Budget Responsibility (CBR), Slovak Republic.
  • Junki Kim, Chief, National Assembly Budget Office (NABO), Korea.
  • Pete Fontaine, Former Head, Budget Analysis Division, Congressional Budget Office (CBO), United States.

SESSION 6 -- Government Debt and Fiscal Frameworks
Chair: Bernhard Felderer, President, Fiscal Advisory Council (FISK), Austria.
Presenter:

  • Christian Kastrop, Director, Policy Studies Branch, Economics Department, OECD.

Discussant:

  • Xavier Debrun, Deputy Division Chief, Fiscal Policy and Surveillance, Fiscal Affairs Department, International Monetary Fund (IMF).

SESSION7 -- Independent Fiscal Institutions and Medium-term Budgetary Frameworks
Chair: Phil Bowen, Parliamentary Budget Officer, Parliamentary Budget Office, Australia.
Presenters:

  • Bernhard Felderer, President, and Philip Schuster, Economist, Fiscal Advisory Council (FISK), Austria.
  • Pete Fontaine, Former Head, Budget Analysis Division, Congressional Budget Office (CBO), United States.
  • Wim Suyker, Programme Leader, Public Finance, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis.
  • John McHale, Chairman, Irish Fiscal Advisory Council (IFAC), Ireland.

SESSION 8 -- Developing Operational Principles for EU Independent Fiscal Institutions
Chair: François Monier, Secretary General, High Council of Public Finance (HCFP), France
Presenters:

  • Carlos Marinheiro, Member of the Board, Portuguese Public Finance Council (CFP), Portugal.
  • Michal Horvath, Council Member, Council for Budget Responsibility (CBR), Slovak Republic.

SESSION 9 -- Reports from “Sister” networks, report by the OECD Secretariat, and proposals for future work
Chair: Helmut Berger, Head, Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO), Austria
Brief reports from two “sister” networks:

  • (1) the World Bank’s Global Network of Parliamentary Budget Offices (GN-PBO) represented by Romulo Emmanuel Jr. Miral, Director General, Congressional Policy and Budget Research Department, House of Representatives, Philippines and
  • (2) the Inter-Parliamentary Financial Information Network (IPFIN) represented by Larry Honeysett, Head of Financial Scrutiny, Scrutiny Unit, UK parliament, United Kingdom. 
  • Jón Blondäl, Head of Division, Budgeting and Public Expenditures, Public Governance and Territorial Development, OECD, will then update participants on current and future projects by the OECD in the field of budgeting and public expenditures before opening up the discussion to participants to identify emerging priority areas for future work and their willingness to participate in particular work streams or studies. 

Closing by Chair and OECD Secretariat

 

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