Setting the agenda for the future: continuing our learning journey


Our partners share with us their reform successes in public financial management and central banking in South East Europe and tell us where further knowledge exchange activities are still required.

In our efforts to effectively support our member countries’ institutions to develop their capacities in public financial management and central banking, our clear understanding of their needs is indispensable. An important channel of communication is the group of our CEF Coordinators who are involved in the development of strategic learning capability of our member institutions. They work on ensuring that their institutions are ready for challenges of an uncertain and fast-changing global environment. As human resources professionals, they focus on strategic personnel retention and talent development, and meet periodically with us.

At the 2014 meeting, our Coordinators were, for the first time, augmented by several groups of other key liaison officers in our member countries who provided additional insight into capacity development needs in the main thematic priorities of our learning program and regional cooperation efforts.

The meeting participants helped us shape a joint learning agenda, ensuring that all voices are heard, reflecting on the process of discussions, creating a shared memory, and communicating with external audiences.

See below the four thematic groups identified as the main capacity development challenges, and ways how to address them in the CEF post-2015 agenda.

 

CENTRAL BANKING

Capacity development priorities:

  • Financial stability
  • Statistics, analytics
  • Payment and settlement systems
  • Accounting and financial reporting
  • Fraud prevention, cybercrime, security
  • Soft skills

Capacity development responses:

  • E-learning
  • In-country events, visits
  • Consultancies / expert visits
  • Conferences on EU accession challenges
Central banking thematic group

Central banking thematic group

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TAX ADMINISTRATION

Capacity development priorities:

  • Tax evasion and avoidance issues
  • Influencing taxpayers’ behavior
  • Managing large taxpayers
  • VAT system

Capacity development responses:

  • Seminars, workshops
  • Experts visits
  • Case studies
  • Trainings in local languages
  • Addressing change management issues

 

Tax administration thematic group

Tax administration thematic group

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACCOUNTING AND AUDITING

Capacity development priorities:

  • Financial controls
  • International standards in internal auditing
  • IPSAS/EPSAS and financial reporting
  • Cost accounting
  • Risk management

Capacity development responses:

  •  Peer-to-peer learning
Accounting and auditing thematic group

Accounting and auditing thematic group

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BUDGETING

Capacity development priorities:

  • Strengthening capacities of line ministries
  • Strengthening capacities of finance ministries
  • Strengthening coordination among finance ministries and line ministries
  • Through all of the above contributing to strengthen medium-term expenditure frameworks in the region

Capacity development responses:

  • Blended learning: e-learning + face-to-face meetings
  • Targeting training events to different levels of seniority of officials
  • Regional knowledge sharing events, also facilitated by regional knowledge providers
  • Understanding how the training events influence participants’daily work and contribute to our improved performance
  • Finding opportunities for line ministries to come together to share experiences
Budget thematic group

Budget thematic group

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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About Urška Zrinski

Urška loves learning. She passionately believes in its transformative role: in facilitating ways to do things better, different or even as a way of confirming that what is currently being practiced works well. In her work with financial management officials in South East Europe for a decade she has sought to capture their knowledge and experiences, through packaging this knowledge in the form of workshops, conferences, e-learning courses, study visits, reports, and research. She is particularly interested in the design of learning events and how best to facilitate them to meet their learning objectives. She has also been the main driver behind CEF efforts to measure and report the impact of its learning activities. She holds a PhD from the University of Ljubljana, and an MA from King’s College London, University of London. Her research focuses on international development cooperation effectiveness, cooperation modalities, and quality and use of public financial management systems.


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About Polona Sirnik

Polona is responsible for effective communications of the CEF. Her responsibilities include development and implementation of the CEF communication strategy and development of various corporate communication contents and materials to promote the CEF’s work and assure visibility of its activities. She sees CEF communication activities as an important support in sharing the knowledge beyond classroom doors.


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About Kaja Jurtela

Kaja works with public accountants and auditors in South East Europe. She designs and develops learning and knowledge initiatives to engage public finance officials in regional sharing of experience and fostering reform processes. She is involved in research of learning theories and different aspects of public financial management. Her current research project focuses on fiscal transparency: how to define, measure and put it into practice at the national level.

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