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Civil servants from seven Macedonian ministries and state institutions who work on planning and execution of the budget in their institutions participated in a study visit to Helsinki, Finland which was organized by the Center for Economic Analyses (CEA) and the Institute for Democracy “Societas Civilis”-Skopje (IDSCS). The study visit on the topic “Performance Based Budgeting”, which took place on 6 and 7 November, transferred Finish experiences in the area of performance based budgeting.

The Ministry of Finance of Finland was the host of this visit, and its organization was assisted by Paivil Valkama, resident twinning adviser on a EU Twining project “Strengthening the Capacity of the Ministry of Finance for Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy Formulation” in the Ministry of Finance, as well as by Katju Holkeri, head of sector for public management in the Ministry of Finance of Finland. During the study visit the participants followed presentations on the work of the Finish Ministry of Finance, particularly in regards to performance budgeting. Finish officials also presented on performance budgeting from the aspect of the National Audit Office, Ministry of Transport and Communication, Parliament Audit Committee. The study visit was led by CEA Senior Economist docent d-r Borce Trenovski, while the Macedonian participants were civil servants from the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Local Government, the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Supply, the Health Insurance Fund, the Ombudsman Office and the Agency for Financial Support for Agriculture and Rural Development.

Through this study visit Macedonian civil servants learned how performance budgeting was implemented in Finland, how the reforms had been implemented in this country, how to integrate systems for management, how parliamentary audit is conducted on the Government’s execution of the program and the budget, and how the state audit is performed. As Trenovski stated “This study visit showed us what does not function and how the Macedonian budget system can function in future.”

The study visit was conducted as part of the project “Enhancing Transparency and Accountability through Performance Budgeting” which is implemented by CEA and IDSCS and which is funded by the European Union. The aim of the project is to promote budget transparency for accountable spending of public finances.

More information about the project can be found on IDSCS website.

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