Portugal: Fiscal Transparency Evaluation

Portugal: Fiscal Transparency Evaluation

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Portugala€™s practices meet most of the principles of the revised Fiscal Transparency Code at good or advanced levels. A number of areas still present practices at a basic level, but in most of these cases this reflects reforms that have recently been launched and have not yet been fully implemented so as to affect current practices. Indeed, if measured against the practices observed prior to the recent financial crisis, there has been remarkable progress. The challenge is to press ahead with the reform agenda so that all fiscal transparency practices meet good or advanced levels, thus strengthening even further the management of public finances and the associated risks. The key findings of the present Fiscal Transparency Evaluation are: a€c Fiscal reporting is in line with good or advanced practices, particularly in compliance with EU requirements and ESA 95 standards, but still lacks a sound conceptual accounting framework based on internationally accepted standards. a€c Fiscal forecasting and budgeting have improved over the last three years, although investment evaluation only meets the basic standard of the Code. a€c Reporting of fiscal risks is in its infancy and in spite of numerous initiatives undertaken in the last few years, such as the publication of a fiscal risk statement, remains fragmented. The large amount and good quality of information available allows a very preliminary and partial estimate of the public sector net worth and total risk exposure. An estimated negative net worth position of 140 percent of GDP (including the liabilities of the main defined-benefits employment-related pension scheme) and a sizeable exposure to various contingent liabilities, although some of these have a low probability of crystallizing, are reminders of the still fragile status of Portugala€™s public finances.In Fin Assets, liabilities N/A Part Accrual ESA 95 Mo 7 weeks YEAR-END REPORTS General State Accounts (DGO) IS ... ual data) March 2014: 2010-13, and 2014 forecast; September 2014: same years updated Annual nonfinancial accountsanbsp;...

Title:Portugal: Fiscal Transparency Evaluation
Author:International Monetary Fund. Fiscal Affairs Dept.
Publisher:International Monetary Fund - 2014-10-06


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