The GIFT Coordination Team undertook a series of technical visits, including workshops and meetings with high-level Ministries of Finance representatives of several governments in Europe, aimed at exploring ways for expanding their engagement and collaboration within the network. The program included meetings with the budget authorities from the following governments:
• Slovenia (January 14-15) • Ukraine (January 23-25)
• Kosovo (January 16-18) • Scotland (January 28-29)
• Croatia (January 21) • Ireland (January 30)
A central goal of these meetings was to discuss opportunities and challenges in the use of digital tools for fiscal transparency and citizens’ engagement with public officials implementing fiscal transparency policies, auditing, open government and information technologies. In Kosovo, Croatia, Ukraine and Scotland, the GIFT team also meet with budget civil society organizations.
The meetings gave the opportunity to refer to some of the great experiences of the GIFT stewards in advancing fiscal transparency and public participation through the use of technologies for the development of different interactive functionalities and techniques for effective citizen-government communication. We were very proud to illustrate our points by mentioning the inspiring work of the stewards.