About us

CEF is international organization with the mission to support capacity development for finance officials in South East Europe through learning. We work with our constituency to support their public financial management, tax policy and administration, and central banking reform efforts. We do this through innovative, participatory, and practical learning solutions. The CEF serves as a knowledge hub for the region. We combine topical expertise and in-depth knowledge of countries in the region with a good comprehension of how reforms take place. Our staff knows how to nourish and expedite learning among individuals and institutions.

Graphic presentation of our understanding of our role as a knowledge hub. The term knowledge hub is used to describe institutions that have expertise in specific thematic priorities, and recognize the importance of learning and know how to nurture it. The World Bank identifies knowledge hubs as institutions that have developed capacity to capture, package and share broad or very sector specific experience with domestic and international partners in order to accelerate reform processes.

We were established in 2001 under the Stability Pact for South East Europe by the Slovenian Government at the initiative of the Slovenian Ministry of Finance and in close cooperation with other ministries of finance of former Yugoslav countries and Albania. In 2015 the CEF became an international organization after 14 very successful years as a regional institution. The change of status facilitates the hiring of international staff and enhances cooperation with our partner institutions.

We are one of the official channels for implementing Slovenia’s international development cooperation and we are stepping our efforts in supporting our constituent countries in domestic resource mobilization as a key means of implementation for attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Implementation of the SDGs depends on effective financing for development. As it was pointed at the third International Conference on Financing for Development, held in July 2015 attended also by the CEF it is crucial to mobilize domestic resources in implementation of the SDGs as it became evident that official development assistance will not be sufficient source of financing.

Addis Tax Initiative's was launched aimed at strengthening international cooperation in support of capacity development of revenue administrations. Countries also committed themselves to support governments' efforts to strengthen the management of expenditures. CEF learning initiatives in the thematic areas of Tax Policy and Administration and Public Financial Management fully resonate with the call to more technical assistance and other capacity development initiatives aimed at improving work of revenue administrations and more effective public expenditure management. In the light of implementation of SDGs our learning initiatives including the thematic areas of Central Banking and Leadership contribute to realization of goal Number 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.