18 March 2021

New Budget Framework Law under discussion

Proposta Lei Enkuadramentu Orsamentu foun iha hela diskusaun
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In December 2020 and January 2021, the Council of Ministers approved a proposed new Law on the Framework for the General State Budget and Public Financial Management (also Portuguese). In early February, they sent it to Parliament for enactment. The proposed new law would replace Law No 13/2009 on Budget and Financial Management (as amended in 2011 and 2013) (also Portuguese) which spells out the processes for developing, enacting, executing and auditing the General State Budget.

The proposed law learns lessons from years of experience with the current system, as well as outside critiques by PEFA (Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability Assessment), the Open Budget Survey and others.

National Parliament's Committee C (Public Finances) is holding hearings on the proposal beginning on 24 March, and they have invited the NGO Forum to a hearing on 9 April. These hearings are for initial appreciation of the proposed law in generality, and it is unclear when it will be debated in plenary. The proposed law says it will be enacted in time to apply to the processes of executing the 2021 State Budget and developing the 2022 State Budget (which begins before May 2021), but this seems unrealistic.

La'o Hamutuk will continue to analyze the proposal and welcomes suggestions and comments from all sources.  We will update this blog article as more information and documents become available.

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Fulan Dezembru 2020 no Janeiru 2021 Konsellu Ministru aprova proposta lei foun ida, kona-ba Enkuadramentu Orsamentu Jerál Estadu no Jestaun Finansa Públiku (Ingles ka Portugés). Inísiu Fevreiru sira haruka ba Parlamentu Nasional atu aprova. Proposta lei ida ne’e sei substitui Lei Nu. 13/2009 (hanesan altera iha 2011 no 2013) (Ingles ka Portugés), ida ne’ebé deskreve prosesu atu kria, aprova, ezekuta no halo audit ba Orsamentu Jerál Estadu (OJE).

Proposta lei ne’e aprende husi esperiénsia tinan barak ho sistema atuál, nomos komentáriu sira husi PEFA (Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability Assessment), Open Budget Survey no sira seluk. 

Komisaun C Parlamentu Nasional (Komisaun Finansa Públiku) sei realiza audiénsia kona-ba proposta lei ida ne’e, hahú iha dia 24 Marsu, sira konvida ona NGO Forum atu aprezenta iha audiénsia iha dia 9 Abril 2021. Audiénsia sira ne’e nudár apresiasaun inisiál ba proposta lei ne’e iha jeneralidade, no ita seidauk hatene bainhira mak sei diskute iha plenária. Proposta lei ne’e hateten, sei aprova kedas atu uza durante ezekusaun Orsamentu Jerál Estadu 2021 no dezenvolve ba elaborasaun Orsamentu Jerál Estadu 2022 (atu komesa antes Maiu 2021), maibé karik la realistíku. 

La’o Hamutuk sei kontinua analiza ba proposta lei ida ne’e no simu sujestaun sira husi parte hotu. Ami sei atualiza artigu blog ho informasaun no dokumentu sira bainhira iha.

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