Twinning Project Poland: Local Government Budget Management System. Italy Welcomes the Fourth Study Visit

From October 18th to October 24th 2008 in Italy, the fourth study visit took place under the Twinning Project with Poland “Local Government Budget Management System” in which ten officials from the European Ministry of Finance took part.
The first step was Rome where the Polish delegation was involved in two one-day meetings by one of the project partners, the Ministry of Economy and Finance.
The meetings at the ministry were organized by Fabrizio Mocavini who is also taking part in the activities in Poland, and Claudio Carioti. Both work at the Service of Department Studies of the General Accounts Office.
The first meeting was opened by Cinzia Simeone from the General Inspectorate for Public Administration Finance who outlined to the beneficiaries the functioning of the SIOPE system  as the IT surveying system of collections and payments carried out by Public Administration treasurers.
At the second meeting, Vincenzo Limone and Maria Cristina Bianchi from the General Inspectorate of Finance took the floor and discussed the budget monitoring tools adopted at municipal level with a brief overview of the situation of the Municipality of Rome, as well as the new IT system for supporting the activities of auditors in the school sector, the ATHENA system.
The second session of the visit was held in Ancona where the delegation was assisted by Silvia Fracchia, Formez consultant, who edited the organization of the official meetings in the Marche region. In Ancona, the Polish delegation was welcomed at the Building of the Region where the delegates met Pietro Marcolini, Councillor for Budget, and his staff. Furthermore, the delegation also met Luana Angeloni, Mayor of Senigallia, and Fabio Sturani, Mayor of Ancona.
The last meeting was held by ERAP (Regional Entity for Public Housing of the Province of Ancona) where the delegation held a discussion with the Chairman, Ezio Capitani, and some of the members of the administrative staff whom they had previously met in Poland.
During the meetings, an in-depth analysis of the training days held in Warsaw was first presented with particular attention to fiscal federalism, derivatives and budget monitoring systems in Public Administration.
Once again, the study visit represented an important occasion for exchange between Italy and Poland as well as an opportunity for the officials from both countries to examine in depth those topics which during the project implementation, revealed to be the most relevant.