Budgeting and public expenditures

9th Annual Meeting of the OECD Network of Parliamentary Budget Officials and Independent Fiscal Institutions, Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, 6-7 April 2017

 

9th Annual Meeting of the OECD Network of Parliamentary Budget Officials and Independent Fiscal Institutions

Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, 6-7 April 2017


Co-chairs: The Scottish Parliament, The Scottish Fiscal Commission, and
the United Kingdom Office for Budget Responsibility


AGENDA – GOV/PGC/SBO/A(2017)3
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Thursday, 6 April 2017

Opening Ceremony

Chair: Christine Grahame, MSP, Deputy Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament.

  • Welcome Addresses by Christine Grahame, MSP, Deputy Presiding Officer, Scottish Parliament and Jón Blöndal, Head of Division, Budgeting and Public Expenditures, Public Governance and Territorial Development, OECD.

Plenary Address: Good Things Come in Threes: The Scottish Fiscal Commission Comes of Age

  • Lady Susan Rice, Chair, Scottish Fiscal Commission, Scotland.

Keynote Address: Coping with Change at an Independent Fiscal Institution

  • Alice Rivlin, First Director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), United States.

Delegate’s introductions chaired by Allan Campbell, Head, Financial Scrutiny Unit (FSU), Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe), Scottish Parliament.

SESSION 1 – New Institutions, Updates and Evaluations
Chair: Allan Campbell, Head, Financial Scrutiny Unit (FSU), Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe), Scottish Parliament.

New institutions
Presenters:

  • Seppo Orjasniemi, General Secretary, Economic Policy Council, Finland.
  • Janis Platais, Chairman, Fiscal Discipline Council, Latvia.
  • Polyvios Eliofotou, Secretariat, European Fiscal Board (EFB).

Update – NABO at 14
Presenter:

  • Chunsoon Kim, Chief, National Assembly Budget Office, Korea.

Evaluations
Presenters:

  • Shmulik Hizkiya, Head of Information Division and Chief Knowledge Officer, the Knesset, Israel.
  • Phil Bowen, Parliamentary Budget Officer, Australia.

SESSION 2 – Fiscal space and the composition of public finances: what choices for OECD countries?
Chair: Lady Susan Rice, Chair, Scottish Fiscal Commission, Scotland.
Presenters:

  • Christian Kastrop, Director, Policy Studies Branch, Economics Department, OECD.
  • Jean-Marc Fournier, Economist, Public Economics Division, Economics Department, OECD.

SESSION 3 – Assessing fiscal risk and fiscal sustainability
Chair: Robert Chote, Chairman, Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), United Kingdom.
Presenters:

  • Matthew Appleby, Principal Risk Analyst, New Zealand Treasury, New Zealand.
  • George Kopits, Member, Public Finance Council, Portugal, Global Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Center.

SESSION 4 – Breakout sessions
Breakout session A – Advisory session on establishing a new institution – Ireland and the Scottish Fiscal Commission
Chair: Alice Rivlin, First Director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), United States.
Presenters:

  • Elaine Gunn, Assistant Secretary, Parliamentary Services Division, House of the Oireachtas, Ireland and Mairi Spowage, Deputy CEO, Scottish Fiscal Commission, Scotland.

Advisory Panel:

  • Bob Sunshine, Senior Adviser, Congressional Budget Office, United States.
  • Jean-Denis Frechette, Parliamentary Budget Officer, Canada.
  • Panagiotis Liargovas, Coordinator, Parliamentary Budget Office, Greece.

Breakout session B – Managing multiple institutions
Chair: Chiara Goretti, Member of the Board, Parliamentary Budget Office, Italy
Presenters:

  • Helmut Berger, Head, Parliamentary Budget Office, Austria.
  • Wim Suyker, Programme Leader, Public Finance, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis.

 

Friday, 7 April 2017

SESSION 5 – Subnational fiscal frameworks
Chair: Lady Susan Rice, Chair, Scottish Fiscal Commission, Scotland.
Presenters:

  • Scherie Nicol, Policy Analyst, Budgeting and Public Expenditures, Public Governance and Territorial Development, OECD.
  • Eckhard Janeba, Chairman, Independent Advisory Council to the Stability Council.
  • Geert Langenus, Head of the National Accounts and Business Cycle Unit, Research Department, and Barbara Coppens, Economist, Research Department, National

SESSION 6 – Communicating “honest numbers” in a “post-truth” world
Chair: Robert Chote, Chairman, Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), United Kingdom.
Presenters:

  • Mure Dickie, Financial Times' Scotland Correspondent, United Kingdom.
  • Severin Carrel, Scotland Editor, The Guardian.

SESSION 7 – Data visualisation for communication
Chair: Allan Campbell, Head of Financial Scrutiny Unit, SPICe, Scottish Parliament.
Presenters:

  • Adam Frost, Content Director, and Tobias Sturt, Creative Director, Graphic Digital Agency. (link to sharepoint)

SESSION 8 – Breakout sessions
Parliament session – Developing Best Practices for Parliamentary Budgeting
Chair: Sir Paul Grice, Clerk/Chief Executive, Scottish Parliament
Presenter:

  • Lisa von Trapp, Senior Policy Analyst, Budgeting and Public Expenditures, Public Governance and Territorial Development, OECD.

Fiscal council session – The fiscal compact, EU IFIs and the new European Fiscal Board – what strategies for promoting effective institutions in Europe?
Chair: Robert Chote, Chairman, Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), United Kingdom.
Presenter:

  • José Luis Escriva, President, Independent Authority for Fiscal Responsibility (AIReF), Spain and Chair of the Network of EU IFIs.

Discussant:

  • Roel Beetsma, Member, European Fiscal Board (EFB).

Report by the OECD Secretariat, OECD IFI Database, and proposals for future work.
Presenter:

  • Jón Blöndal, Head of Division, Budgeting and Public Expenditures, Public Governance and Territorial Development, OECD.

Closing by Chair and OECD Secretariat

 

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