05/07/2019 - As part of Bulgaria’s efforts to deepen and structure its co-operation with the OECD and contribute to the country’s public policy and reform agenda, Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Boyko Borissov has presented an Action Plan to OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría.
Bulgaria’s OECD Action Plan opens the path for greater engagement with a range of OECD bodies and identifies a number of policy areas where OECD experts will interact with Bulgarian officials to strengthen public policy and the drive for successful reforms.
Prime Minister Borissov delivered the Action Plan during a bilateral meeting with Mr Gurría in Poznan, Poland, in the margins of the 4-5 July Western Balkan Summit of the Berlin Process.
“The activities outlined in the Action Plan will give Bulgaria access to key information and recommendations to develop and strengthen its reform agenda in favour of strong, inclusive and sustainable growth,” said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría. “It is Bulgaria’s plan, based on Bulgaria’s priorities. We are committed to leveraging OECD expertise and sharing best practices to help Bulgaria advance its reform agenda and move closer to the standards of the OECD.”
The Action Plan consists of 21 policy areas that will support Bulgaria’s key reform priorities in: economic policy, investment, financial affairs, fiscal affairs, budgeting and public expenditures, corporate governance and state-owned enterprises (SOEs), science and innovation, education, digital economy, consumer policy, trade, development, tourism policies for sustainable and inclusive growth, agriculture, the fight against corruption, employment and social entrepreneurship, environment and climate change, statistics, public management and regional development, health and competition.
During the implementation of the Action Plan, the OECD will conduct a number of policy reviews in various areas of the Bulgarian economy, to provide specific recommendations drawing on OECD best practices. This will include for instance an OECD Economic Survey of Bulgaria, a Public Governance Review and an Investment Policy Review. In addition, Bulgaria intends to adopt and implement several international standards, including the OECD Codes of Liberalisation of Capital Movements and of Current Invisible Operations, while enhancing its participation in OECD committees on corporate governance, digital economy policy and public governance, amongst other.
Further information on Bulgaria and the OECD is available at: www.oecd.org/south-east-europe/economies/see-bulgaria.htm
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