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

On June 14, 2016, Europe Foundation (EPF) is holding the third public forum on Budget Transparency and Civil Society Oversight of Public Spending in Georgia. The forum aims at fostering dialogue between representatives of civil society and relevant public authorities, so as to increase budget transparency in Georgia.

The focus of the public forum will be an independent assessment report of public expenditure management oversight mechanisms in Georgia completed by EPF’s international consultant, Olena Krylova-Muller. The findings confirm that while Georgia has significantly progressed in reforming its public finance management in line with its European and international commitments, it is still lagging behind when it comes to ensuring meaningful public participation in budget processes both on national and local levels.

The author of the assessment report will present the findings, focusing not only on challenges and shortcomings, but also on opportunities that were identified during the assessment. “Advancing a civic participation agenda at both national and local levels will require a well-coordinated inter-agency response, as it may entail policy and regulation adjustments”, “…setting up standards for state program monitoring with civil society involvement, showcasing champion Ministries/Agencies and programs, establishing sectoral- or program-specific monitoring committees and panels as a form of constructive dialogue between civil society actors and the executive government” – this is the incomplete list of recommendations, which are in compliance with the views of Europe Foundation led civil society organizations platform Partnership for Budget Transparency.

During the second part of the forum, the floor will be given to the representatives of four civil society organizations that received grant support from EPF to undertake targeted monitoring of public spending in Georgia. The discussion of grant project results will complement the presentation of the assessment report, as the presenters will focus on challenges faced during the monitoring process and provide recommendations on how best to enhance civil society oversight of public spending in Georgia.

The ensuring discussion with participation of experts, civil society, and government representatives will focus on identifying next steps, in order to improve civil society participation in and oversight of budget process.

The public forum will take place at Holiday Inn Hotel, (1, 26 May Square), Adjara Conference Room, on Tuesday, June 14, between 14:00 and 18:00. The event will be followed by a reception.

The event is 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 (Sida).

Contact person:

Viktor Baramia,
Senior Program Manager,
tel: 225 39 42/43 (ext. 119) or 577 222 419,
e-mail: vbaramia@epfound.ge

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