Proposal on setting guidelines to register COVID-19 effects on Government Financial Reporting

The Task Force (the CIGAR network, the EGPA PSG XII, and the Accounting and Accountability SIG of the IRSPM) has come up with a note proposing Eurostat and IPSASB to set guidelines to register COVID-19 effects on Government Financial Reporting. As this is an unprecedented crisis that hits simultaneously all Member States in Europe, we suggest that it would be beneficial to adopt homogeneous criteria to keep track of the costs of all the measures taken and policy actions to tackle it. This information would be used later on as a basis for setting fiscal targets towards achieving normality with a pace that better fits the characteristics of the different countries. For the treatment, presentation and disclosure of this information recommended guidelines from ESA 2010, and specifically for the Excessive deficit procedure as defined by the Manual on Government Deficit and Debt, seem to be needed. In addition, recommended guidelines from IPSASB especially in relation to IPSAS 1 seem necessary and timely at this point.

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UPDATE - The CIGAR Network’s Annual Issue of Public Money & Management (PMM)

Dear PSAAR friends,

We would like to inform you about the CIGAR annual issue in PMM (for each of the next three years starting in 2021: PMM’s 41st volume). This CIGAR annual issue will not have a specific theme—the aim is to present relevant empirical and theoretical research in public sector accounting. The annual issue will showcase CIGAR’s valuable papers and, by doing so, increase their contribution to practice and to academia. 

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Special issue: Stretching the Public Purse: Budgetary Responses to a Global Pandemic

Dear PSAAR friends,

Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting and Performance Management is planning an Extraordinary special issue under the title:

«Stretching the Public Purse: Budgetary Responses to a Global Pandemic»

The Extraordinary special issue will include short viewpoint papers (up to 3,000-4,000 words).

The deadline for submission is July 15, 2020. Papers will be reviewed by the editorial team.

For the call for papers click  here or visit JPBAPM

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International Journal of Public Sector Management: Special Issue

Dear PSAAR friends,

International Journal of Public Sector Management is planning a special issue under the title:

Public Sector Financial Management: Happy endings and Sucess Stories

The guest editors are Sandra Cohen, Francesca Manes Rossi, Isabel Brusca and Eugenio Caperchione.

This special issue aims at taking a positive stance in this sometimes grey landscape and discuss reforms, initiatives or innovations that have proved successful and operational. By synthesizing the lessons learnt, this special issue expects to provide a variety of experiences that reveal good combinations of tools, resources, governance and management to improve and streamline the public sector financial management.

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PEFA 2020 CALL FOR RESEARCH PROPOSALS - The Interplay of Climate Change and Public Financial Management

Dear PSAAR friends,

We would like to draw your attention to the call by the Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA) program ( for research proposals from interested public finance practitioners, scientists, researchers, and scholars to strengthen the understanding of the interplay of climate change and public financial management. 

The deadline for submission of completed applications is December 12, 2019.

A total price amount for the research competition is USD 150,000 which will be distributed between several winners.   

For more information, and the actual calls in English, French and Spanish, please visit:

For the call for papers in English click here


Panel at the IRSPM 2020 Conference on Participatory Budgeting

Dear PSAAR friends,

We would like to draw your attention to a panel at the IRSPM Annual Conference 2020 in Tampere, Finland. The overarching theme of the conference is “Smart Public Service?”, in which the panel chaired by Ellen Haustein, Peter C. Lorson (both University of Rostock), Jaroslav Dvorak (Klaipėda University), Lotta-Maria Sinervo and Pauliina Lehtonen (both Tampere University)will address the topic

“Critical perspectives in participatory budgeting”.

Please click here for the online Call for Papers 


Abstracts can be submitted until 08 November 2019.  via the conference website:


The panel is organized in the context of our EU-funded Interreg BSR project: “Empowering Participatory Budgeting in the Baltic Sea Region” (EmPaci) 

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