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<strong>LEARNING</strong> <strong>PROGRAM</strong><br />

<strong>for</strong> <strong>F<strong>in</strong>ance</strong> <strong>Officials</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong> South East Europe<br />

<strong>2016</strong>


Learn<strong>in</strong>g Solutions<br />

We support knowledge and experience shar<strong>in</strong>g among the region’s<br />

f<strong>in</strong>ance officials through four dist<strong>in</strong>ct types of learn<strong>in</strong>g solutions.<br />

Certification course<br />

Community of practice<br />

Specialization program<br />

Structured<br />

learn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Collaborative<br />

learn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Network<br />

Study visit<br />

Conference<br />

Blog<br />

Expert visit<br />

E-learn<strong>in</strong>g course<br />

Sem<strong>in</strong>ar<br />

Workshop<br />

Expert-based<br />

learn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Onl<strong>in</strong>e<br />

learn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Video<br />

Web<strong>in</strong>ar<br />

COLLABORATIVE<br />

<strong>LEARNING</strong><br />

approaches the act of learn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

as a social experience. It holds<br />

that new knowledge is generated<br />

when <strong>in</strong>dividual learners share<br />

their experience and good practice,<br />

help<strong>in</strong>g achieve a shared<br />

goal. Collaborative learners engage<br />

<strong>in</strong> each other’s learn<strong>in</strong>g <strong>for</strong><br />

a number of reasons. They seek,<br />

<strong>for</strong> example, to solve a problem,<br />

to obta<strong>in</strong> new <strong>in</strong><strong>for</strong>mation, to get<br />

new perspectives, or to ga<strong>in</strong> reassurance<br />

<strong>for</strong> a new idea.<br />

EXPERT-BASED<br />

<strong>LEARNING</strong><br />

adds value through high-quality<br />

face-to-face learn<strong>in</strong>g events that<br />

are based on a thorough understand<strong>in</strong>g<br />

of needs across the<br />

region and range from two-day<br />

workshops to five-day <strong>in</strong>tensive<br />

events. We design highly <strong>in</strong>teractive<br />

learn<strong>in</strong>g events that alternate<br />

between presentations<br />

by subject-matter experts and<br />

hands-on exercises that help<br />

maximize learn<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

ONLINE<br />

<strong>LEARNING</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>itiatives recognize that technology<br />

is trans<strong>for</strong>m<strong>in</strong>g the ways people<br />

learn. Thanks to modern onl<strong>in</strong>e<br />

educational tools, a digital learn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

environment holds unprecedented<br />

potential to br<strong>in</strong>g about<br />

change, be it on the personal,<br />

<strong>in</strong>stitutional, or country level. Onl<strong>in</strong>e<br />

learn<strong>in</strong>g enables us to engage<br />

a broad group of stakeholders to<br />

learn together and develop timely,<br />

customized, and cost-effective<br />

solutions to re<strong>for</strong>m challenges.<br />

STRUCTURED<br />

<strong>LEARNING</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>cludes certification and specialization<br />

courses of longer<br />

duration, usually at least a year,<br />

lead<strong>in</strong>g to an <strong>in</strong>ternationally recognized<br />

qualification. The program<br />

responds to the region’s learn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

needs by provid<strong>in</strong>g comprehensive<br />

<strong>in</strong>-class tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g and exam<strong>in</strong>ations,<br />

together with access to<br />

the highly valuable practical experience<br />

of mentors who work as<br />

practitioners <strong>in</strong> various areas of<br />

the public sector.


Thematic Priorities<br />

As a key learn<strong>in</strong>g partner <strong>for</strong> f<strong>in</strong>ance<br />

officials <strong>in</strong> the region, we have specified<br />

four thematic priorities <strong>for</strong> our work.<br />

We recognize the key role that public f<strong>in</strong>ancial<br />

management (PFM) systems play <strong>in</strong> fram<strong>in</strong>g<br />

good policies that contribute to social and<br />

economic development. Our Public F<strong>in</strong>ancial<br />

Management program addresses key areas<br />

of PFM systems: Budget Preparation and Execution,<br />

<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g assur<strong>in</strong>g that the process is<br />

credible, comprehensive, transparent, po licybased,<br />

and predictable; and Account<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

Audit<strong>in</strong>g of public sector entities, recogniz<strong>in</strong>g<br />

the importance of adequate records and <strong>in</strong><strong>for</strong>mation<br />

and of credible arrangements <strong>for</strong><br />

scrut<strong>in</strong>y of public f<strong>in</strong>ances.<br />

Amid countries’ ef<strong>for</strong>ts to improve tax collection<br />

and combat tax evasion and avoidance,<br />

our Tax Policy and Adm<strong>in</strong>istration program<br />

aims to help tax adm<strong>in</strong>istrations address<br />

these challenges. Tak<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>to account that<br />

countries <strong>in</strong> our constituency are either<br />

EU members or aspir<strong>in</strong>g to become members,<br />

our program helps tax adm<strong>in</strong>istrations<br />

achieve effective and efficient application of<br />

modern risk management approaches <strong>in</strong> l<strong>in</strong>e<br />

with the EU’s recommendations.<br />

In Central Bank<strong>in</strong>g, we focus on strengthen<strong>in</strong>g<br />

capacities <strong>in</strong> the region s<strong>in</strong>ce we recognize<br />

these <strong>in</strong>stitutions’ key role as monetary and<br />

regulatory bodies, help<strong>in</strong>g ensure the stability<br />

and development of national economies.<br />

Recent economic developments have further<br />

reshaped their position and highlighted the importance<br />

of their supervisory role; hence our<br />

program has been designed to support their<br />

further capacity development ef<strong>for</strong>ts.<br />

We prioritize Leadership because we are<br />

aware that manag<strong>in</strong>g re<strong>for</strong>ms is never an<br />

easy task and that lead<strong>in</strong>g such ef<strong>for</strong>ts <strong>in</strong>corporates<br />

significant risks. Alongside good<br />

technical capacity, many other factors are<br />

crucial. We have set our program to help<br />

our constituency strengthen their capacities<br />

<strong>in</strong> project and change management, leadership,<br />

communication, and coord<strong>in</strong>ation, so<br />

that they can allow technical experts to per<strong>for</strong>m<br />

at their best.<br />

Public F<strong>in</strong>ancial<br />

Management<br />

• Budget Preparation<br />

and Execution<br />

• Account<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

Audit<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Tax Policy and<br />

Adm<strong>in</strong>istration<br />

Central Bank<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Leadership


CEF at a Glance<br />

Our mission<br />

Our mission is to support capacity development <strong>for</strong> f<strong>in</strong>ance officials <strong>in</strong><br />

South East Europe through learn<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Our work<br />

We work with our constituency to support their public f<strong>in</strong>ancial management,<br />

tax policy and adm<strong>in</strong>istration, and central bank<strong>in</strong>g re<strong>for</strong>m ef<strong>for</strong>ts.<br />

We do this through <strong>in</strong>novative, participatory, and practical learn<strong>in</strong>g solutions.<br />

The CEF serves as a knowledge hub <strong>for</strong> the region: we comb<strong>in</strong>e<br />

topical expertise and <strong>in</strong>-depth knowledge of countries <strong>in</strong> the region with<br />

a good comprehension of how re<strong>for</strong>ms take place. We know how to nourish<br />

and expedite learn<strong>in</strong>g among <strong>in</strong>dividuals and <strong>in</strong>stitutions.<br />

Our history<br />

We were established <strong>in</strong> 2001 under the Stability Pact <strong>for</strong> South East<br />

Europe by the Slovenian Government at the <strong>in</strong>itiative of the Slovenian<br />

M<strong>in</strong>istry of <strong>F<strong>in</strong>ance</strong> and <strong>in</strong> close cooperation with other m<strong>in</strong>istries of<br />

f<strong>in</strong>ance of <strong>for</strong>mer Yugoslav countries and Albania. In 2014 the CEF became<br />

an <strong>in</strong>ternational organization after 13 very successful years as a<br />

regional <strong>in</strong>stitution. The change of status facilitates the hir<strong>in</strong>g of <strong>in</strong>ternational<br />

staff and enhances cooperation with our partner <strong>in</strong>stitutions.<br />

Cankarjeva 18<br />

1000 Ljubljana<br />

Slovenia<br />

T: +386 1 369 6190<br />

F: +386 1 369 6244<br />

<strong>in</strong>fo@cef-see.org<br />

www.cef-see.org<br />

Our constituency<br />

Albania, Bosnia and Herzegov<strong>in</strong>a, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia,<br />

Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, and Turkey.<br />

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<strong>2016</strong><br />

PFM<br />

Budget Preparation and<br />

Execution<br />

Promot<strong>in</strong>g Fiscal<br />

Transparency and<br />

Evaluat<strong>in</strong>g Fiscal Risks<br />

2.5 days<br />

January<br />

<strong>LEARNING</strong><br />

INITIATIVES<br />

February<br />

In <strong>2016</strong> we will also be offer<strong>in</strong>g<br />

structured learn<strong>in</strong>g solutions.<br />

Through our certifications courses<br />

targeted at public sector accountants<br />

we will work <strong>in</strong> Albania,<br />

Macedonia, and Montenegro. Our<br />

certification courses targeted at<br />

public sector <strong>in</strong>ternal auditors will<br />

be delivered <strong>in</strong> Macedonia, Montenegro,<br />

and Slovenia.<br />

Central Bank<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Bank<strong>in</strong>g Resolution,<br />

Non-per<strong>for</strong>m<strong>in</strong>g Loans,<br />

and Stress Test<strong>in</strong>g<br />

2.5 days<br />

Leadership<br />

Deliver<strong>in</strong>g Effective<br />

Presentations<br />

3 days<br />

PFM<br />

Budget Preparation and<br />

Execution<br />

IPA II: What Novelties?<br />

3 days<br />

Tax Policy and<br />

Adm<strong>in</strong>istration<br />

Improv<strong>in</strong>g VAT Compliance*<br />

2.5 days


Central Bank<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Retail Payments<br />

2.5 days<br />

PFM<br />

Account<strong>in</strong>g and Audit<strong>in</strong>g<br />

International Standards <strong>in</strong><br />

Internal Audit<br />

3 days<br />

PFM<br />

Budget Preparation and<br />

Execution<br />

Carry<strong>in</strong>g Out Effective<br />

Spend<strong>in</strong>g Reviews<br />

2.5 days<br />

Tax Policy and<br />

Adm<strong>in</strong>istration<br />

Fight<strong>in</strong>g Aga<strong>in</strong>st Shadow<br />

Economy*<br />

2.5 days<br />

March<br />

April<br />

Leadership<br />

Project Bus<strong>in</strong>ess<br />

Management<br />

3 days<br />

PFM<br />

Account<strong>in</strong>g and Audit<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Maximiz<strong>in</strong>g the Value of<br />

Internal Audit<br />

2.5 days<br />

Tax Policy and<br />

Adm<strong>in</strong>istration<br />

New Ways of Ensur<strong>in</strong>g Tax<br />

Compliance*<br />

2.5 days<br />

Tax Policy and<br />

Adm<strong>in</strong>istration<br />

Property Taxation<br />

5 days<br />

Central Bank<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Prudential On-site<br />

Inspections with<strong>in</strong> the<br />

S<strong>in</strong>gle Supervisory<br />

Mechanism<br />

2 days<br />

Leadership<br />

Writ<strong>in</strong>g Strategic<br />

Documents<br />

4 days<br />

PFM<br />

Account<strong>in</strong>g and Audit<strong>in</strong>g<br />

IT Audit<strong>in</strong>g<br />

2.5 days<br />

PFM<br />

Budget Preparation and<br />

Execution<br />

Strengthen<strong>in</strong>g L<strong>in</strong>e<br />

M<strong>in</strong>istries’ Budget<br />

Preparation #<br />

2 weeks + 2.5 days<br />

Tax Policy and<br />

Adm<strong>in</strong>istration<br />

Per<strong>for</strong>mance<br />

Management In Tax<br />

Adm<strong>in</strong>istration*<br />

2.5 days<br />

May


September<br />

Central Bank<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Wholesale Payment and<br />

Securities Settlement<br />

Systems<br />

2.5 days<br />

PFM<br />

Account<strong>in</strong>g and Audit<strong>in</strong>g<br />

F<strong>in</strong>ancial Management and<br />

Control<br />

2.5 days<br />

Leadership<br />

Strengthen<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Management Skills<br />

3 days<br />

PFM<br />

Account<strong>in</strong>g and Audit<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Cost Account<strong>in</strong>g<br />

2.5 days<br />

PFM<br />

Budget Preparation and<br />

Execution<br />

Manag<strong>in</strong>g Public<br />

Investments<br />

2.5 days<br />

Tax Policy and<br />

Adm<strong>in</strong>istration<br />

Change Management <strong>in</strong><br />

Tax Adm<strong>in</strong>istration*<br />

2.5 days<br />

November<br />

Central Bank<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Prudential Regulation<br />

and Supervision and<br />

Capital Requirements<br />

(Basel III, CRD IV)<br />

2 days<br />

PFM<br />

Account<strong>in</strong>g and Audit<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Introduction of<br />

IPSAS<br />

3 days<br />

PFM<br />

Account<strong>in</strong>g and Audit<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Audit of IPA Funds<br />

3 days<br />

June<br />

October<br />

Tax Policy and<br />

Adm<strong>in</strong>istration<br />

Cooperative Compliance<br />

Programs*<br />

2.5 days


Central Bank<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Monetary and F<strong>in</strong>ancial<br />

Statistics<br />

4 days<br />

Central Bank<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Policy Coord<strong>in</strong>ation <strong>in</strong><br />

Promot<strong>in</strong>g F<strong>in</strong>ancial<br />

Stability<br />

2.5 days<br />

Leadership<br />

Plann<strong>in</strong>g and Lead<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Organizational<br />

Change<br />

3 days<br />

Leadership<br />

Communicat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Re<strong>for</strong>ms<br />

1 day<br />

PFM<br />

Account<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

Audit<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Tackl<strong>in</strong>g Fraud and<br />

Corruption<br />

2.5 days<br />

PFM<br />

Budget Preparation and<br />

Execution<br />

Re<strong>in</strong><strong>for</strong>c<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Budget Execution<br />

Management #<br />

2 weeks + 2.5 days<br />

Tax Policy and<br />

Adm<strong>in</strong>istration<br />

Taxpayer Service Approach<br />

to Solv<strong>in</strong>g Compliance<br />

Problems*<br />

2.5 days<br />

PFM<br />

Budget Preparation and<br />

Execution<br />

Enabl<strong>in</strong>g PFM Re<strong>for</strong>m<br />

Through PEFA<br />

Analysis<br />

2.5 days<br />

Tax Policy and<br />

Adm<strong>in</strong>istration<br />

Revenue Forecast<strong>in</strong>g<br />

5 days<br />

December<br />

Consult our webpage<br />

www.cef-see.org<br />

<strong>for</strong> the most up-to-date list<br />

of learn<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>itiatives and<br />

application procedure. We<br />

do not charge fees <strong>for</strong> officials<br />

from our constituency<br />

work<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> the public sector<br />

and central banks.<br />

* The learn<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>itiative will be delivered<br />

as part of the Support<strong>in</strong>g Capacity<br />

Development of Tax Adm<strong>in</strong>istrations<br />

<strong>in</strong> South East Europe project prima rily<br />

supported by the Dutch M<strong>in</strong>istry of<br />

<strong>F<strong>in</strong>ance</strong>, International Monetary Fund<br />

(IMF), and CEF.<br />

#<br />

The learn<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>itiative will be delivered<br />

as blended, comb<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g onl<strong>in</strong>e and<br />

face-to-face learn<strong>in</strong>g features.

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