The OECD network of Senior Budget Officials from Central, Eastern and South-Eastern European Countries (CESEE SBO) held its fourth meeting on 9-10 April 2008 in Bucharest, Romania, hosted by the Ministry of Economy and Finance.
The meeting was chaired by Mr. Richard Emery, former Assistant Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President of the United States. It opened with a welcoming address by Mr. Varujan Vosganian, Minister of Economy and Finance of Romania, which was followed by remarks by Mr. Barry Anderson, Head of the Budgeting and Public Expenditures Division, GOV, OECD.
Budget reviews of Estonia and of Russia were presented by the OECD Secretariat.
Presentation I: The Political Economy of Fiscal Reform in Central and Eastern Europe
Presentation by Mr. George Kopits, Member of the Monetary Council of the National Bank of Hungary and former Deputy Director of Fiscal Affairs, International Monetary Fund
Workshop session 2:
Workshop 2a: Independent forecasting bureaus
Presentations: Netherlands; Slovenia
Workshop 2b: Organisation of the budget bureau
Presentations: Italy; Ukraine; Mr. Bojan Pogacar, Public Finance Consultant
Workshop 2c: Tricks of the trade (problematic bookkeeping practices)
Presentations: Croatia; Italy
Presentation by Dr. Dirk Kraan, OECD Secretariat
Presentation II: The co-ordination of fiscal policy in the EU
Presentation by Ms. Elena Flores, Director, Economies of the Member States, Directorate General of Economic and Financial Affairs, European Union
Panel: The impact of political change on the budget: