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On 5th July 2016 the Institute of Public Finance presented the budget transparency research results for all 576 Croatian local government units (counties, cities and municipalities).
Despite being unsatisfactory, the overall average level of budget transparency in local government units improved from 1.75 in the previous to 2.35 in the current research cycle.
The most transparent were counties (average 4.3), with as many as 11 of 20 counties publishing the five key budget documents. Budget transparency of cities (average 3.05) is lower than the counties, and only 25 of the 128 cities published all five documents. Municipalities are distinctly non-transparent (average 2.04) and only 8 of the 428 municipalities published the five documents ─ Bizovac, Kistanje, Konavle, Kostrena, Lovran, Orehovica, Radoboj and Sveti Križ Začretje.
The Institute awarded special recognitions to the highest-rated local government units.
To make the results more accessible and easier to read, the Institute published the interactive map that shows the status of each local government unit. More details about the research are available in the Newsletter Budget transparency in Croatian counties, cities and municipalities (November 2015 - March 2016).
New special issue of Financial Theory and Practice is devoted to the comparison of tax wedge on labour income in Croatia and in selected number of EU countries.
In the preface Tax wedge on labour income in Croatia and the European Union (Preface to the special issue of Financial Theory and Practice) Ivica Urban outlines the motivation behind the research project and explains the most important methodological issues while each paper analyses Croatia and four other EU countries, which differ across the papers. Thus, the analysis embraces a total of seventeen countries: (1) Ivana Beketić: Tax wedge in Croatia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Portugal and France; (2) Maja Cundić: Tax wedge in Croatia, Italy, Ireland, the Netherlands and Spain; (3) Ana Gabrilo: Tax wedge in Croatia, Belgium, Estonia, Germany and Slovakia; (4) Marin Onorato: Tax wedge in Croatia, Austria, Hungary, Poland and Greece. Lejla Lazović-Pita reviews the book Inequality: what can be done? (Anthony B. Atkinson).
Detailed information are available at the conference web site.