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Fiscal Equalization Transfers at the Local Level – International Perspectives
December 11, 2014Warsaw, Poland

The Ministry of Finance, together with the World Bank, is co-hosting an international workshop, December 11, 2014, in Warsaw. This workshop will focus on discussing solutions for equalization transfers for local governments and examples of good international practices.

The Ministry of Finance, together with the World Bank, is co-hosting an international workshop, December 11, 2014, in Warsaw. This workshop will focus on discussing solutions for equalization transfers for local governments and examples of good international practices. The knowledge collected in the course of the workshop will help guide the preparatory process of changes in Poland’s current fiscal equalization transfers model. The workshop will be held at the Ministry of Finance and with participation of the World Bank, international experts, and Polish local government representatives.

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DAY 1 – INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP

Thursday, December 11, 2014, Ministry of Finance, room 4440A

10:00-10:15         Welcoming by the Ministry of Finance, Mr. Mateusz Szczurek, Minister of Finance

10:15-10:30         Welcoming by the World Bank, Ms. Mamta Murthi, Country Director, ECCU5

10:30-10:45         Presentation of the Polish system for fiscal equalization – key issues and problems–
Ms. Hanna Majszczyk
, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Finance

10:45-11:45         Global practices in fiscal equalization with the focus on horizontal transfers –
Mr. Anwar Shah
, the World Bank

11:45-12:00         Coffee break

12:00-12:30         Presentation of the Danish model – Mr. Thorkil Juul

12:30-13:00         Presentation of the Swiss model – Mr. Bernard Dafflon

13:00-13:30         Q&A session

13:30-14:15         Lunch break

14:15-14:45         Presentation of the German model – Mr. Paul Bernd Spahn

14:45-15:15         Presentation of the Canadian model – Mr. Robin Boadway

15:15-15:45         Q&A session

15:45-16:00         Coffee break

16:00-17:30         Panel discussion regarding key issues for reforming Polish system, e.g. how to reform - vertical vs. horizontal equalization, time gap, marginal equalization rate, development of the spending needs algorithm

    Participants: Mr. Thorkil Juul, Mr. Bernard Dafflon, Mr. Paul Bernd Spahn, Mr. Robin Boadway, Ms. Hanna

     Majszczyk, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Finance

    Moderator: Mr. Paweł Swianiewicz

17:30-18:00         Summary of discussions – Ms. Hanna Majszczyk, Ministry of Finance, Mr. Juan Pradelli, World Bank

 

WORKSHOP DETAILS
  • What: International Workshop: Fiscal Equalization Transfers at the Local Level – International Perspectives. Lessons for Poland
  • Where: Ministry of Finance, Warsaw, Poland
  • When: December 11, 2014
  • Who: A joint World Bank – Polish Ministry of Finance event