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Public Forum on Budget Transparency and Civil Society Oversight of Public Spending in Georgia

Eurasia Partnership Foundation held a public forum on Budget Transparency and Civil Society Oversight of Public Spending in Georgia on Friday, July 31 at Courtyard Marriott Hotel, Tbilisi.

The forum aimed to contribute to improved budget transparency and accountability in Georgia by fostering dialogue between representatives of civil society and relevant public authorities. The CSO Platform on Budget Transparency, created earlier at the initiative of Eurasia Partnership Foundation, presented its mission and activities. The Platform remains open to all interested organizations that work in the sphere of budget transparency and public expenditure monitoring and wish to facilitate establishing a coherent civil society oversight system.

The Platform intends to raise and to discuss specific public finance management issues, prepare recommendations, and further lead advocacy efforts. One of the members of the CSO Platform Steering Committee, Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association, presented on its findings on the simplified procurement in Georgia.

A representative from the Ministry of Finance then introduced a plan to create the Budget Monitoring Coordination Council aimed at improving interaction between civil society and the public sector.

The public forum also featured presentation of the four projects which were awarded Eurasia Partnership Foundation grants to implement public expenditure monitoring activities.

The forum included representatives of civil society and international organizations, the Government of Georgia and the diplomatic missions.

The event was held within the framework of the project Partnership for Budget Transparency: Civil Society Oversight of Public Spending in Georgia. The project is funded by the European Union and co-funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.

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