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Rationalising Public Expenditure in the Slovak Republic

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  • Rauf Gönenç
  • Peter Walkenhorst

Over the past decade, public expenditure in Slovakia was characterised by substantial social transfers and high public sector wage expenses. This paper analyses the main features of Slovakia’s public expenditure system, reviews expenditure trends, and discusses recent reform initiatives. The latter have concerned the introduction of medium-term budget projections, the switch towards performance-based budgeting, the limitation of extra-budgetary funds, the devolution of spending power to sub-central administrative units, changes to the public employment regime, and reforms of the social security system. These initiatives are critically assessed and a number of recommendations concerning implementation and further reform steps are developed ... Rationaliser les dépenses publiques en République Slovaque Durant la dernière décennie, les dépenses publiques en Slovaquie ont été caractérisées par des transferts sociaux considérables et des substantielles dépenses salariales dans le secteur public. Ce document examine les spécificités du système de dépenses publiques, passe en revue l’évolution des dépenses et discute les initiatives de réforme récentes. Ces dernières ont concerné la gestion des finances publiques dans un cadre de dépenses à moyen terme, le changement vers un système basé sur les objectifs budgétaires, la limitation des fonds extra-budgetaires, la dévolution des responsabilités budgétaires vers les administrations locales et régionales, les changements dans le système d’emploi public, et des réformes dans le système de sécurité sociale. Ces initiatives sont évaluées de façon critique et un nombre de recommandations sont développées concernant la mise en œuvre des changements et des étapes de réforme supplémentaires ...

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Paper provided by OECD Publishing in its series OECD Economics Department Working Papers with number 384.

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Date of creation: 16 Mar 2004
Handle: RePEc:oec:ecoaaa:384-en
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