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 2018 learning program includes 45 learning initiatives across our thematic priorities:

  • Accounting

    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. We offer workshops program and certification program for public sector accountants. Tell me more →

  • Auditing

    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 workshops program and certification program for public sector internal auditors. Tell me more →

  • Budget Preparation and Execution

    The program supports our constituency in ensuring greater macro-fiscal sustainability. Significant part of the program is oriented towards targeting selected sector-specific fiscal issues. A special emphasis is put on facilitation of knowledge exchange among ministries of finance and line ministries, in particular on the costing of the fiscal implications of structural reforms. Learning activities promote fiscal transparency and risk management, strengthen capacities to establish and implement well-functioning medium-term budget frameworks, and improve performance-oriented budgetary decision-making. Tell me more →

  • Central Banking

    The program supports our constituency’s efforts in ensuring strong and credible institutions, a developed financial and economic environment, and a sound and resilient financial system. It comprehensively encompasses the environment of central banks, taking into account its stakeholders. This way, we cover areas of financial stability and prudential supervision, developing financial markets and its infrastructure, as well as governance and functions of strategic communication and developing internal capacity. Tell me more →

  • Data and Analysis for Designing Policies

    Responding to the increased demand, we extend our program by another cross-cutting theme – Data and Analysis for Designing Policies (DAP), which was previously addressed mainly in the Central Banking thematic area. The program focuses on activities of econometrics and macroeconomic analyses. Together with the IMF Statistics Department we will support our constituency in providing high-quality information for policy and decision-making, ensuring effective on-the-job application of economic concepts, tools and models, and carrying out strong analysis to support policy development and decision-making. Tell me more →

  • Leadership for Managing Reforms

    The program is cross-cutting through all thematic areas. It encourages finance officials across different institutions to innovate, share their knowledge, and encourage colleagues to try out new or alternative approaches while mitigating the risks related to novel ideas and initiatives. We explore leadership through the prism of sound management and individuals’ efficiency, and give guidance on how to facilitate learning and knowledge sharing. Tell me more →

  • Tax Policy and Administration

    The 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 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 →