Feb 1, 2018

Presentation of 2017 Open Budget Survey Results

The Open Budget Survey 2017 shows that many governments around the world are making less information available about how they raise and spend public money. After 10 years of steady progress by countries, the survey shows a modest decline in average global budget transparency. Detailed presentation of the 2017 Open Budget Survey Results will be held at the CEF on February 6, together with with Mitja Čok, PhD, Full Professor at Faculty of Economics that conducted a survey in Slovenia as an independent researcher.

The Open Budget Survey (OBS) was launched in 2006. It is the worlds' only independent, comparative assessment of the three pillars of public budget accountability: transparency, oversight and public participation. 115 countries across six continents were evaluated in 2017.

2017 OBS shows that overall global transparency has declined from 2015, but the level of transparency in 2017 remains well above where it was a decade ago. The number of publicly available budget documents decreased in this round of the survey compared to 2015. However, those documents that were published contained slightly more information now than they did in previous years.

Mitja Čok will present results of the Open Budget Survey results for Slovenia. Presentation will be followed by round-table discussion on the importance of budget transparency on international and national level together with speakers from Ministry of Finance, Slovenia, Court of Audit, Slovenia and the CEF. 

Download the Open Budget Survey 2017 Global Report here.