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The General Director of Taxes, Mrs. Vasilika Vjero, and the Deputy Minister of Finance, Mr. Erjon Luçi, attended the second annual meeting of the European Commission and International Monetary Fund (IMF), held in Ljubljana on May 31st. This meeting focused on the program of capacity development, funded by EU “Strengthening Economic Governance and Public Financial Management”, which is being currently implemented by IMF in the South-eastern Europe. In her speech Mrs. Vjero highlighted that the technical assistance from IMF has helped to build the best strategies in the Tax Administration regarding delivery of the best services to citizens. Also, she expressed her appreciation for the combined support of EU and IMF to the economic development, an assistance that has encouraged the efforts to fulfil the criteria leading to EU integration.
Mr. Bernard Brunet, Head of Unit responsible for the Thematic Support, Monitoring and Evaluation in the European Commission (DG Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations), highlighted that the Western Balkans partners have made a fundamental progress in reforms during the last year, in line with the aim of the EU to promote improved economic governance in the region.
The participants meet with ministers and officials from Albania, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Kosovo, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, and discussed on the progress achieved, working plan proposed for the next year and mid-term priorities.
Supporting macroeconomic policies and institutions of public finances in the member countries and different partner countries has been a joint objective of IMF and EU. Their partnership has intensified during the last five years and includes regular consultations at staff level and managerial levels. The efforts of IMF to develop capacities, fall under its core mandate and help governments to modernize their economic policies and institutions.