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On 17 June 2015 the Institute of Public Finance presented the results of a large research project related to local budget transparency, which for the first time included all 576 local government units in Croatia. Despite improvements in the local budget transparency, the situation is still far from satisfactory.
The only one of 428 municipalities which published all requested budget documents is Viškovo. The top-ranked counties are the Brod-Posavina, Krapina-Zagorje, Sibenik- Knin, Varaždin and Zadar. The most transparent cities are Buzet, Crikvenica, Čakovec, Dubrovnik, Koprivnica, Opatija, Osijek, Pazin, Pula, Rijeka, Slavonski Brod, Split, Šibenik, Vodice and Zagreb. The Institute awarded special prizes to all top-ranked local government units.
To make the results more accessible and easier to read, the Institute published an interactive map that shows the status of each local government unit.
Detailed analysis of research is published in the Newsletter entitled Budget transparency in Croatian counties, cities and municipalities (November 2014 – March 2015).
Dubravko Mihaljek, Head of Macroeconomic Analysis at the Bank for International Settlements in Basel held lecture Global economy on its way to recovery? at the Institute of Public Finance on 8 July 2015.
The main conclusion of Mihaljek's lecture was that the global economy was recovering well with the strengthening of the role of developed countries (EU, USA and Japan) in the growth of global economy, while the emerging market contribution (apart from China and Japan) to the global growth is somewhat limited. Also, Central Europe is recovering well due to the recovery of the European Union.
The Institute of Public Finance is supporting the Think Tank Young Professional Development Program. The successful application may lead to a six month employment, during which the research focus will be within the fields of interest of the Institute of Public Finance and in line with requirements of the TTF program. The program is open to those who graduated with a PhD, LLM, or MA degree in the social sciences from high-quality universities in the OECD countries in the past three years. In accordance with the rules of the Call, the preferred candidates are persons returning to Croatia after studying abroad. Applications from the neighbouring countries may also be considered.
You may contact Irena Klemencic with further questions.