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Parliamentary staff get training on conducting financial and budgetary oversight

On July 15th and 16th, 30 members of the parliamentary staff of the Western Balkans’ Parliaments attended a workshop titled “The role of the Parliament in conducting financial and budgetary oversight”. Together with Mr Rade Obradovic, Former MP and Deputy Speaker in the Assembly of Serbia, and Mr Marjan Nikolov, from the Center for Economic Analysis in Macedonia, the participants followed presentations and conducted simulations of case studies.

As parliamentary staff is essential in preparing and conducting parliamentary oversight, the training provided real-life examples and ways in which the employees of the Parliament can assist the work of the Members of Parliament in conducting oversight of legislative issues regarding budgetary and financial processes in the Parliaments. Having gone through examples from the neighbouring countries, the participants benefited greatly from exchanging expertise and ideas with their fellow Balkan counterparts.

“It’s very important for me to get an overview of, not only how the process of creating a budget develops, but also how to best prepare the materials needed by the MPs for successful oversight.” – said Almedina Bulic, member of the parliamentary staff of the Parliament of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Among others, participants also followed presentations on the topics of budgetary cycle, fiscal sustainability and preparing briefs for the Members of Parliament.

The training was organized by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) and the Network of Parliamentary Committees on Economy, Finance and European Integration in the Western Balkans (NPC) and is part of ongoing efforts to train committee staff on how to best support MPs from the Western Balkans in overseeing activities.