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Bulgaria

Open Budget Survey Document Availability Tracker

December 2016 Update

To recognize improvements and identify slippages in budget transparency between rounds of the biennial Open Budget Survey, we periodically assess the public availability of the eight key budget documents – an essential component of transparency. This update presents the results of the most recent of these interim assessments.

Bulgaria

Open Budget Survey 2015December 2016 Update
Pre-Budget StatementAvailable to the PublicAvailable to the Public
Executive's Budget ProposalAvailable to the PublicAvailable to the Public
Enacted BudgetAvailable to the PublicAvailable to the Public
Citizens BudgetAvailable to the PublicAvailable to the Public
In-Year ReportsAvailable to the PublicAvailable to the Public
Mid-Year ReviewAvailable to the PublicAvailable to the Public
Year-End ReportAvailable to the PublicAvailable to the Public
Audit ReportAvailable to the PublicAvailable to the Public

As of 31 December 2016, the government of Bulgaria makes eight of eight key budget documents publicly available online in a timeframe consistent with international standards. These are the same documents found to be publicly available in the Open Budget Survey 2015, which assessed the availability of documents up to 30 June 2014.

For more information on the content that the eight key budget documents should contain, and the publication timeframe for each document, please see IBP’s Guide to Transparency in Government Budget Reports and the Open Budget Survey Guidelines on Public Availability of Budget Documents.


2015

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Country Summary - English Questionnaire

Transparency (Open Budget Index) 65/100

The Government of Bulgaria provides the public with substantial budget information.

Public Participation 38/100 

The Government of Bulgaria provides the public with weak opportunities to engage in the budget process.

Budget Oversight 

 By legislature 39/100

Budget oversight by the legislature in Bulgaria is weak.

By auditor 84/100

Budget oversight by the supreme audit institution in Bulgaria is adequate.

Recommendations 

Improving Transparency

Bulgaria should prioritize the following actions to improve budget transparency:

  •  Increase the comprehensiveness of the Executive’s Budget Proposal by presenting more information on sensitivity analysis on how alternative scenarios of different macroeconomic variables could affect the budget and on extra-budgetary funds.
  • Increase the comprehensiveness of the Year-End Report by presenting more information on planned versus actual debt and interest and on planned versus actual performance.
  • Increase the comprehensiveness of the Citizens Budget and Mid-Year Review.
 Improving Participation

Bulgaria should prioritize the following actions to improve budget participation:

  •  Establish credible and effective mechanisms (i.e., public hearings, surveys, focus groups) for capturing a range of public perspectives on budget matters.
  • Provide detailed feedback on how public perspectives have been captured and taken into account.
  • Establish formal mechanisms for the public to assist the supreme audit institution to formulate its audit program and participate in audit investigations.
 Improving Oversight

Bulgaria should prioritize the following actions to strengthen budget oversight:

  •  Establish a specialized budget research office for the legislature.
  • In both law and practice, ensure the legislature is consulted prior to the virement of funds in the Enacted Budget and the spending of contingency funds that were not identified in the Enacted Budget.


2010

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Country Summary Questionnaire

2008

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Country Summary Questionnaire

Bulgaria’s score on the Open Budget Index shows that the government provides the public with some, albeit incomplete, information on the central government’s budget and financial activities during the course of the budget year. This makes it difficult for citizens to hold government accountable for its management of the public’s money.


2006

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Country Summary Questionnaire



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