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About the dataset on Budget Practices and Procedures for the Western Balkans

Welcome to the OECD dataset on Budget Practices and Procedures Data for the Western Balkans.

This dataset contains the results of the 2019 Survey for the Western Balkans on Budget Practices and Procedures. The database provides budget practitioners, academics and civil society with a unique and comprehensive source to compare and contrast national budgeting and financial management practices from across 6 countries and economies in Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia). Survey questions refer to the entire budgeting process – formulation, to approval, execution and reporting and also addresses cross-cutting and topical issues such as fiscal sustainability and budget transparency.

The dataset provides information on the following matters:

  • Part I. Alignment with Medium-term Strategic Plans and Priorities
  • Part II. Transparency, Openness and Accessibility
  • Part III. Participative, Inclusive and Realistic Debate
  • Part IV: Comprehensive, Accurate and Reliable Account of Public Finances
  • Part V. Effective Budget Execution
  • Part VI. Fiscal Risks and Sustainability
  • Part VII. Quality, Integrity and Independent Audit

The information held in the database is made available free of charge. However, the data are protected by copyright and we request that you be sure to cite the OECD as the source (2019 OECD Survey for the Western Balkans on Budget Practices and Procedures Survey). Furthermore, to help us better track use of this database, we would appreciate receiving electronic copies of any papers that cite the database (Bonifacio Agapin, Communication Coordinator).

About this questionnaire

The content of the database was collected using a questionnaire and a glossary was also provided. OECD conducted an online survey of budget practices and procedures for the Western Balkans in 2019.

Survey answers underwent a verification process carried out by the OECD Secretariat in co-operation with regional experts in order to enhance data quality and ensure comparability of answers across countries and over time.

The findings of the Survey provided the evidence base for the OECD report: Western Balkans Government at a Glance.

In case of remarks or questions related to the answers in the database, please contact Anne Keller.

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