Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul, Turkey, TBA

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Event Date Tue Mar 22 +03 (in about 2 months)
In your timezone (EST): Mon Mar 21 5:00pm - Mon Mar 21 5:00pm
Location Istanbul, Turkey
Region EMEA

About the event
This event will be a closing ceremony, organized to mark the achievements and successes in the implementation of the “Strengthening Line Ministries’ Capacities to Assess Fiscal Implications of Structural Reforms” (FISR) project. The project has been carried out by the CEF over the past three years (2019-2021) and included more than 80 learning initiatives, that were attended by more than 2000 participants from seven different countries.

The aim of this closing ceremony is to provide a platform for celebrating the achievements of the FISR project implementation and promotion of its legacy. It will gather all key representatives of the Economic Reform Programmes (ERP) Coordination Teams from seven countries, to reflect on the progress made over the past three ERP preparation cycles, especially in: (i) strengthening the capacities for costing and budgeting of structural reforms, (ii) establishing an environment that enables policy design and implementation, and (iii) improving the overall quality of ERP document.

The ceremony will also present the progress towards the key impact indicator of the FISR project: the number of structural reforms in ERPs costed in line with the ERP Guidance Note. It will also present the achievements towards the other measures of performance of the Action: creating a comprehensive learning portfolio on fiscal implications of structural reforms, the extent to which coordination in ERP design is addressed in the learning processes and the level of regional knowledge exchange on the ERP and structural reforms. Participants will discuss the prospects for independent utilization of knowledge and learning materials generated during the FISR project implementation, to ensure their continuity beyond the project length.

Being highly participatory, this event will showcase countries' achievements and outstanding individuals who contributed to the better shaping of the ERP process in their country. It will serve as a platform for exchanging knowledge, experience, best practices and recommendations to improve the existing ERP preparation practices and procedures across the countries. The joint discussion will result in a list of learning areas and topics needed to further strengthen the ERP preparation process, which could be also addressed by the FISR follow-up project.

This event will be organized in a hybrid format, which will allow a greater number of participants to join it online from their own country. An online stream will be provided to the participants registered for online attendance. It will be delivered back-to-back with the Training of Trainers for Members of the Network of Regional Experts.

Who should attend
Invited to participate are the officials involved in the design, planning and coordination of preparation of the ERPs in the EU candidate and potential candidate countries. In particular, invited are:

• National ERP Coordinator, Coordinator for the ERP Chapter 5 on Structural Reforms, and their Team members
• Members of the Working Group for the ERP preparation
• All other officials who participated at the FISR learning initiative(s) over the past three-year period
• Lecturing experts who contributed to the design and delivery of the FSIR learning initiatives

Practical Information
• Face-to-face attendance at the event is by invitation only
• Online attendance is open to all interested officials listed above
• Interested participants shall submit their application in this form by February 27, 2022
• The link to the online stream will be provided to the registered participants closer to the event delivery date
• Prior to the registration, participants are invited to check the effective entry admission rules and requirements of the Turkish authorities,
set due the Covid-19 pandemic, to ensure their eligibility to travel
• Registered candidates will need to be approved by the CEF. Selection information will be shared by March 4, 2022
• The event will be delivered in English language. No translation will be provided
• Travel, accommodation, and meals costs during the event will be funded for up to four officials per country. Applications of additional
self-funded candidates will be considered, as far as space permits
• No participation fee will be charged