The Ministry of finance presented the draft Law on Budgets. CRPM contributed to the public debate. “The proposed Law on Budgets mentions gender responsive budgeting only in Article 3 where among the 11 budget principles, one of them regulates the principle of gender equality.
It refers to the gender responsive budgeting as taking into consideration the gender equality in the planning phase and execution of budget income and expenditures. The Gender Budget Watchdog Network assesses this as insufficient and submitted the following comments to the Law on Budgets”.
After the Government approved the draft budget for 2023 in October, the Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo approved it as of its second reading in December. Although public consultations are mandatory for all legislation, the draft law on Budget was never made available for public consultation. Kosovo Women’s Network sent an official request to review and comment on the draft law, but received no response from the Ministry of Finance, Labour, and Transfers, nor from the Office of the Prime Minister.
Prepared by Ernera Dushica and Nicol Farnsworth for the Kosovo Women’s Network as part of the Gender Budget Watchdog Network.
Analysis of the State Budget for the year 2023. The State budget for the year 2023, is approved on November 24th, 2022, based on Law No. 84/2022 by the Assembly of the Republic of Albania. Every year a Budget for citizens is prepared by the Ministry of Finance and Economy. According to the Budget for Citizens (BfC) during the year 2023 are planned 687.2 billion ALL (31.6% of the GDP) as expenditures against the total revenue foreseen to reach 631.711 billion ALL (or 29% of GDP). In the budget 2023 about 9 % (or 61.8 billion ALL) of the general expenses will fund highly gender-sensitive policies. This part of the budget aims to support girls and women and to narrow the gender gaps in all areas of life so that no one is left behind.The gender-responsive expenses for the year 2023, occupy about 3% of GDP from the 2.3% they occupied in 2013.
Prepared by Gender Alliance for Development Centre (GADC) as part of the Gender Budget Watchdog Network.
The Budget Law for 2023 was adopted in the second reading on 22 December 2022 by the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova. The document was drafted in the context of unprecedented circumstances in 2022: war in the neighbouring country, the energy crisis, the economic crisis, the refugee crisis, unfavourable weather conditions, but also in the context of inflationary processes with a pronounced impact on the budget. The state budget law for 2023 is based on economic GDP growth of 2% and average annual inflation of 16%.
Analysis of the documents and the Information Note accompanying the State Budget Law 2023 reveals that gender perspectives are missing, being present only in one sub-programme, and gender disaggregated data by key sub-programmes still poses a big challenge for gender-responsive budgeting in Moldova.
The total expenditures for 2023 that are planned to be realized are 324,810 million denars, which represents an increase in the amount of 36,137 million denars or 12.6% more compared to the rebalanced Budget on 2022. However, taking into account the inflation rate and the increase of the living costs and energy prices, it is certain that the increase in the budget will not lead to an improvement and coverage of policies and beneficiaries.
Since its establishment in 2004, the Center for Research and Policy Making has been working on budgeting, good governance in public finances and gender-responsive budgeting. As members of the International Budget Partnership as well as an organization that prepares Open Budget Index and leads the Gender Budget Watchdog Network, we reviewed the proposal for the Budget 2023 and analyzed it in terms of its impact on promoting gender equality.
The budget of the Republic of Serbia for 2023 plans total revenues in the amount of 1,843.4 billion dinars (15.7 billion euros) and 2,107.4 billion dinars (18 billion euros) in expenditures, which represents an increase of 7.8% in compared to the amount provided by the budget rebalancing for 2022. The budget for 2023 is higher for 326.5 billion dinars (2.8 billion euros).
Prepared by Gender Knowledge Hub as part of the Gender Budget Watchdog Network.