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Long-Term Care in Croatia: the European Commission's perspective
Published: July 1, 2019

In the latest Press Release, entitled Long-Term Care in Croatia: the European Commission's perspective Marijana Bađun describes the characteristics of the long-term care system for persons with impaired functional capacity in Croatia, presented in an updated version of the Joint Report on Healthcare and Long-Term Care Systems and Fiscal Sustainability, published by the European Commission in June 2019.

New issue of Public Sector Economics
Published: June 11, 2019

In the new issue of Public Sector Economics, Francisco Bastida, Bernardino Benito, María-Dolores Guillamón and Ana-María Ríos in the article Tax mimicking in Spanish municipalities: expenditure spillovers, yardstick competition, or tax competition?  evaluate whether local governments make tax decisions just focusing on their economic or budgetary features or whether the tax rates of neighboring municipalities are also or mainly taken into account. Dirk-Hinnerk Fischer and Simona Ferraro in the article A proposal for a simple average-based progressive taxation system introduce a first theoretical presentation of a simple progressive taxation system. Sergii Slukhai and Tetiana Borshchenko in the article Social welfare dynamics in post-socialist countries: unveiling the secrets of success analyse the influence of various factors on social well-being in the post-socialist countries of Central and Eastern Europe. Ombir Singh in the article State ownership and performance of firm: evidence from India compares and analyses the performance of public and private sector firms operating in five different industries. Maja Vehovec reviews a book Structural reforms for growth and cohesion: lessons and challenges for CESEE countries and a modern Europe (editors: Ewald Nowotny, Doris Ritzberger-Gruenwald and Helene Schuberth).

Call for papers: Special Issue on the Economics and Governance for Sustainability

Metagovernance for Sustainability
Published: April 24, 2019

Louis Meuleman (Leuven University, Member of United Nations Committee of the Experts on Public Administration - CEPA, European Commission) held a lecture on the topic of Metagovernance for Sustainability - A Framework for Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals on 24 April 2019 in the Institute of Public Finance.

The lecturer highlighted the governance challenges related to the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), using the concept of metagovernance (governance of governance styles). Taking into account the specificities of societal factors such as different values and traditions in different countries, successful decision makers do not stick to one governance approach; they think beyond the governance style that their organization or culture may be used to. Thus, he showed how hierarchical, network and market governance styles can be combined and how governance failure can be prevented or dealt with.


Public Sector Economics Conference
The Institute of Public Finance and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung are organizing international conference Public Sector Economics 2019 – Wealth and property taxation: where do we stand? on 24 October 2019 in Zagreb, Croatia. Detailed information is available at the conference web site.

In the Newsletter entitled Budget outturns of Croatian municipalities, cities and counties for 2017, Katarina Ott, Mihaela Bronić and Branko Stanić are presenting the basic data on the budget outturns of all Croatian local government units for 2017, i.e. revenues and expenditures, surpluses or deficits (per capita and in total). The tables additionally provided in the Excel format, allow all interested parties to get acquainted with the fiscal condition of all local government units in 2017 and make relevant comparisons with the situation in 2016, 2015 and 2014.

Press Release
The press release titled Establishing a Central Registry of State Assets: third time lucky? brings a commentary by Anto Bajo and Marko Ignjatović on a proposal for an Act on a Central Registry of State Assets which is currently under parliamentary procedure. The main goal of the Act is to compile records of and effectively manage the Republic of Croatia’s assets.

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