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Main results of the 2007 fiscal notifications presented by the candidate countries

Author(s): Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs

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In this Occasional Paper the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs publishes its overview and assessments of the 2007 Pre-accession fiscal notifications of the candidate countries (Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey).

One of the economic priorities of the 1999 and 2000 Accession Partnerships was the establishment of an annual fiscal surveillance for the candidate countries. This gave birth to the so-called Pre-Accession Fiscal Surveillance Procedure, which aims at preparing countries for the participation in the multilateral surveillance and economic policy coordination procedures currently in place in the EU as part of the Economic and Monetary Union. The annual Pre-Accession Fiscal Notifications are part of this procedure. Candidate countries are under this procedure invited to provide regular budgetary data in methodological compliance with the EU Accounting Standards (ESA 95). Their purpose is to ensure that government data of candidate countries are of a sufficient standard during pre-accession period to allow fiscal policy and analysis and to ensure that their reporting of fiscal positions becomes increasingly comparable to Member States. Thereby, the preaccession fiscal notifications serve as preparation for the surveillance procedures in the Economic and Monetary Union of the EU.

(European Economy. Occasional Papers 33. June 2007. Brussels. 28pp. Tab. Free.)

KC-AH-07-33-EN-N (online)
ISBN 978-92-79-04691-9 (online)
ISSN 1725-3209 (online)

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