International conference „Perspectives of the Fiscal Policy in Latvia and the EU”

The international conference „Perspectives of the Fiscal Policy in Latvia and the EU” organised by the Ministry of Finance took place on June 6, 2013 in Riga, Latvia.

The issues of fiscal policy reforms are often on the top of the European policy maker’s agenda. The participants discussed the current trends in public finances in the Baltic States and fiscal policy governance issues.

The various aspects have been presented in the conference by experts from the European countries and international economic organisations. The conference contributed to public discussion on fiscal policy development and responsible fiscal policy culture in Latvia.


Agenda and presentations:

  • Welcome Address, Valdis Dombrovskis, Prime Minister, Latvia
  • Andris Vilks, Minister of Finance, Latvia:
  • Nils Sakss, Director, Fiscal Policy Department, Ministry of Finance, Latvia:
  • Algimantas Rimkūnas, Vice-minister, Ministry of Finance, Lithuania:
  • Sven Kirsipuu, Deputy Head of Fiscal Policy Department, Ministry of Finance, Estonia
  • Victoria Strokova, Economist, The World Bank:
  • Angela D'Elia, Fiscal Policy and Surveillance unit, European Commission:
  • Christoph Mosimann, Federal Finance Administration, Switzerland:
  • Ronnie Downes,  Deputy Head of the Budgeting and Public Expenditure Division, OECD:
  • Roel Beetsma, professor, University of Amsterdam:
  • Christiane Roehler, Public Financial Management Advisor, IMF:

The conference was moderated by Morten Hansen, Stockholm School of Economics in Riga.

The Conference was financed by the European Social Fund and the Ministry of Finance, Latvia.

Videos from the conference are available here.