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The Center for Economic Analyses (CEA) and the Institute for Democracy “Societas Civilis”-Skopje (IDSCS) organized a workshop “Transparent and Performance Based Budgeting” which took place on 25 and 26 November 2014. The workshop involved civil servants who work on preparation of the budgets in their own institution, i.e. the Ministry for Transport and Communications, the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Supply, the State Statistical Office, the Health Insurance Fund, the Pension and Disability Insurance Fund, the Agency for Administration, the Commission for Protection of Competition, the Agency for Financial Support for Agriculture and Rural Development, the Food and Veterinary Agency and the Ombudsman Office.

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The workshop presented about principles of budget transparency and accountability; concept, types and modalities of performance budgeting; case studies and results from performance budgeting; steps in design and implementation of performance budgeting; as well as on the needs and challenges to implement this concept in Macedonia. The lecturers on these topics were given d-r Borce Trenovski and Misha Popovikj, MA. Paivil Valkama, resident twinning adviser on the EU Twining project “Strengthening the Capacity of the Ministry of Finance for Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy Formulation” in the Ministry of Finance in Macedonia presented on the evolution, challenges and experiences in implementation of performance budgeting in Finland.

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The workshop was organized in the frames 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.

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