Budgeting and public expenditures

6th Annual Meeting of Senior Budget Officials from Central, Eastern and South-Eastern European Countries, 23-24 September 2010


The OECD network of Senior Budget Officials from Central, Eastern and South-Eastern European Countries (CESEE SBO) held its sixth meeting on 23-24 September 2010 in Budva, Montenegro, hosted by the Ministry of Finance of Montenegro.
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.



Opening and introductory remarks by Richard Emery, Chair, Vladislav Karadzic, Ministry of Finance of Montenegro, Mira Dobovisek, Director of the Center of Excellence in Finance, and Dirk-Jan Kraan, OECD Secretariat.

Delegates Introduction and Countries Presentations

Presentation:  Redefining growth models for Eastern European countries after the crisis:  Can the region grow again at a faster rate than Western Europe?
Presentation by Prof. Mojmir Mrak, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) - background document & PPT presentation
Reaction by Prof. Mark Hallerberg, Hertie School of Governance (Germany)

Workshop 1a: Fiscal and Monetary Institutions in CESEE Countries
Presentation by Prof. Zsolt Darvas, Fellow of the Brussels European and Global Economic Laboratory (BRUEGEL) and Valentina Kostyleva (OECD Secretariat).
Reaction by Peter Van den Berg (Netherlands)

Workshop 1b: Challenges of Ensuring Fiscal Discipline:  the Role of Fiscal Regulators and Financial Markets
Presentations by Roland Natran (Hungary) and Gonzalo Caprirolo (Institute of Macroeconomic Analysis, Slovenia)
Reaction by Brian Olden (IMF)

Workshop 1c:  Making Line Ministries Responsible for Budgetary Discipline
Presentations by Bojan Pogacar (Public Finance Consultant), and Iani Ivanov (Bulgaria)
Reaction by Matthias Witt (German Technical Cooperation)

Budget Review of Lithuania [GOV/PGC/SBO/A(2010)10]
Presentation by Ian Hawkesworth (OCDE Secretariat)
Examination by the Delegates of Ukraine and Croatia
Reaction by the Delegate of Lithuania



Workshop 2a:  Impact of Increased Surveillance Requirements on EU Candidate and Potential Candidate Countries
Presentations by Dario Rukelj (Croatia), and Serdar Oztopal (Turkey)
Reaction by Prof. Mojmir Mrak (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Workshop 2b:  How to Construct Base line (current policy) Estimates for the Medium Term?
Presentation by Anne-Marie Stefan (Romania) and Johann Seiwald & Christina Schilhan (Austria)
Reaction by Sebastiaan Verberne (Netherlands)

Workshop 2c:  Challenges of Implementing a Multi-Year Expenditure Framework on the Post-Crisis Environment
Presentations by Chiara Goretti (Italy) and Jelena Rancic (Serbia).
Reaction by Balazs Romhanyi (Hungary)

Budget Review of Moldova [GOV/PGC/SBO/A(2010)11]
Presentation by Dirk-Jan Kraan (OECD Secretariat)
Examination by the Delegates of Latvia and Albania
Reaction by Balazs Romhanyi (Hungary) and by the Delegate of Moldova.

Panel:  Restoring Fiscal Sustainability in Central and Eastern Europe
Vladislav Karadzic (Montenegro), Marco Cangiano (IMF), Mark Hallerberg (Germany) Zsolt Darvas (BRUEGEL) and Mira Dobovisek (Center for Excellence in Finance – CEF – Slovenia).