Thematic areas

As a key learning partner for finance officials in the region of South East Europe, we have specified four thematic priorities for our work. Our 2017 learning program includes 35 identified learning initiatives across our thematic priorities:

  • Accounting and Auditing

    Our accounting program puts a strong emphasis on International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) and on helping SEE countries strengthen their accounting systems by moving to accrual-based accounting. Our program for internal auditors focuses on the Public Internal Financial Control (PIFC), which has been developed by the EU to guide candidate and potential candidate countries in reforming their public internal control systems, or in introducing an internal control system across their public sector to ensure good governance and protect public resources. We offer accounting and auditing workshops program and certification programs for public sector internal auditors and accountants. Tell me more →

  • Budget Preparation and Execution

    Our program focuses on promoting the basic principles of effective budget preparation, including comprehensiveness, timeliness, credibility, and transparency, and on ensuring that an adequate legal basis is respected. We also facilitate knowledge exchange among finance and line ministries, promoting greater coordination and cooperation. Execution deals with implementation of government policies and priorities and requires that the budget be implemented as planned and authorized by the parliament. Tell me more →

  • Central Banking

    The CEF approach to the Central Banking thematic area is one that recognizes commonalities in challenges faced by finance officials engaging in fiscal, monetary and financial policy making as through coordination we believe to embrace a more comprehensive perspective to the central banking. It identifies synergies in their capacity development needs that CEF learning initiatives can address. Accordingly, the CEF program will focus on coordination for financial stability, prerequisites for sound monetary policy in promotion of growth, and good governance and accountability. Tell me more →

  • Leadership for Managing Reforms

    While many of our learning initiatives center on finance officials’ technical knowledge, we know that it also takes “soft” skills to introduce and implement reforms. Our 2017 program puts leadership in the center across all CEF’s thematic areas. It provides leaders and change agents with complementary knowledge that is essential for designing and implementing complex reforms, and empowers them to better cope with changes in general. Tell me more →

  • Tax Policy and Administration

    Our program supports governments in collecting taxes legally due as effectively and efficiently as possible and in setting policies on what taxes to levy, in what amounts, and on whom. Many of the region’s tax administrations are introducing procedures to deliver tax compliance risk management (CRM) through a framework set out in the European Commission’s Compliance Risk Management Guide for Tax Administrations as well as Fiscal Blueprints. Our work with these administrations focuses on assuring success in adopting these procedures; it largely depends on supportive policies, whose design needs to be sensitive to compliance challenges and contribute to long-term growth. Tell me more →