BCOP is holding its 2018 annual plenary meeting in Vienna on March 14-16, at which all of BCOP 21 member countries are invited. Plenary meeting topic is IMPROVING EFFECTIVENESS AND ACCOUNTABILITY OF PUBLIC EXPENDITURES: Trends in Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations, Performance Budgeting, and Budget Participation. The key objectives of the meeting are to:
- provide the opportunity for BCOP member countries to review approaches and trends in intergovernmental fiscal relations, familiarize with developments in OECD countries and discuss possible approaches and options for PEMPAL countries
- provide the opportunity for broad BCOP membership to review practices and approaches on the issues of BCOP Working Groups focus in the past year - use of performance indicators in performance budgeting and public participation. Get feedback from BCOP members on the most recent work on knowledge products, prepared by the Working Groups;
- update members on BCOP progress since the last plenary meeting and to report back on countries’ priorities gathered in the pre-meeting survey to inform the development of the BCOP Action Plan 2018-19.
Presentations are planned from the World Bank, OECD, IMF, PEFA Secretariat, Austrian Ministry of Finance GIFT, and UK Treasury, with PEMPAL country case studies of Russia, Serbia, Georgia, and Croatia, as well as presentations of work on knowledge products and other updates of the BCOP Working Groups – Budget Literacy and Transparency Working Group and Program and Performance Budgeting Working Group.
Prior to the plenary meeting, the Performance Budgeting Working Group will hold a one-day workshop examine performance budgeting in Austria with the Austrian Ministry of Finance and the Federal Chancellery of Austria. Austria has undergone through performance budgeting reforms and have presented to BCOP on their experiences in 2013. Thus, this will an opportunity for BCOP countries to get an update on Austrian performance budgeting reforms and to learn lessons related to the use of performance indicators in the budget decision making. Draft OECD Best Practice for Performance Budgeting highlight several aspects of Austrian experience. Some of the topics of interest of Working Group members include: roles of Ministry of Finance and line Ministries in setting and tracking performance indicators, actual usage of performance information in decision making and budget allocations, linkages between strategic planning and budgeting through performance information (including at highest government level), and connections with subnational government levels.