National Workshop: Public Budgeting for Roma Integration in Montenegro
- 04 Jul 2017
The replication of the RCC’s Roma Integration 2020 regional workshop on budgeting public funds for the integration of Roma in the Montenegro was held in Sutomore on 03-04 July 2017. Public servants from relevant ministries implementing the Roma integration Strategy of Montenegro participated in the two day workshop with an aim to increase their capacities to properly coordinate and budget their activities that serve the implementation of the Roma integration strategy.
Aleksandra Bojadjieva, policy expert at the RCC’s Roma Integration 2020 action team welcomed the participants in the name of the Regional Cooperation Council, and provided information on the project and the current workshop. She highlighted that the workshop serves the efforts of Montenegro for its integration into the European Union, as the issue of Roma is recognized as important priority and one of the elements of the enlargement criteria. At the same time, achieving the expected results on the path to the European Union inevitably requires investing adequate resources, including allocating public budget and using the funds of the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance.
During these two days, the public servants implementing the Strategy for integration of Roma in Serbia present at the workshop received information on the legal framework for budgeting, including budgeting of strategic priorities within the negotiating chapters, international regulatory framework for financing state functions, and specifics of the Roma integration action plans. Participants discussed the key reasons for prioritizing and budgeting integration of Roma, particularly discussing two-way multiplication of beneficial effects of such investment, opportunity for external funding, EU integration process and other international commitments. From the international level, the workshop operationalized previously covered topics at national level, looking at the implementation of the legal framework for public budget system, current state of affairs and possibilities for adjustments, and regional perspectives for setting standards for Roma sensitive budgeting.
During the second day of the workshop the participants worked on more practical aspects of the budgeting for Roma integration. The first topic focused on the universal methodology for budgeting, including expressing qualitative elements of the strategies in the budget and assessment and expressing financial implication of strategic aims. The full cycle of the workshop was completed with the actual process of budgeting, its implementation and monitoring, including planning based on the standard multi-year programmatic template for budgeting of the Ministry of Finance.
Materials related the workshop in local language can be downloaded below.