Budgeting and public expenditures

32nd annual meeting of OECD Senior Budget Officials (SBO)



6-7 June 2011


The Luxembourg Ministry of Finance hosted the 32nd annual meeting of OECD Senior Budget Officials. The meeting was chaired by Gerhard Steger, Director-General of Budget and Public Finance, Ministry of Finance, Austria.





Full versions of the agenda are available in English and French.



Monday, 6 June 2011


Overview of the Luxembourg budgeting system



Repairing the budget contract between citizens and the state

  • Report, keynote address and presentation by Allen Schick, Distinguished University Professor, University of Maryland, United States.



Restoring public finances – panel discussion

  • Background document 
  • Presentation by Colin Forthun, OECD Secretariat
  • Presentation by Conrad Smewing, Deputy Director, Fiscal Policy and Statistics, HM Treasury, United Kingdom 
  • Presentation by Ivar Sikk, Deputy Secretary-General for State Fiscal Policy, Ministry of Finance, Estonia
  • Presentation by Jaime Iglesias Quintana, Deputy Director for Budgetary Policy, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Spain
  • Presentation by Colm McCarthy, School of Economics, University College Dublin, Ireland



Fiscal stimulus measures in China




Tuesday, 7 June 2011


Medium-term expenditure frameworks and top-down budgeting

  • Presentation by Georges Tournemire, Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs, European Commission.
  • Presentation by Dirk Kraan, OECD Secretariat and excerpt from a forthcoming peer review report on Denmark.
  • Presentation by Mogens Pedersen, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Denmark. 



Role of independent fiscal institutions in budgeting

  • Presentation by Lisa Von Trapp, OECD Secretariat.
  • Presentation by David Nicol, First Assistant Secretary, Department of Finance and Deregulation, Australia, on its proposed parliamentary budget office.


Future work programme

  • Secretariat report on activities since the last meeting of the Working Party.
  • Proposals for SBO contributions to the OECD future work programme, including next steps for work on restoring public finances, work on OECD Principles for Public-Private Partnerships, and potential work on dealing with large and unexpected fiscal developments.