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Tel: + 385 1 4886 444
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New Press release
Published: July 30, 2020

In the new Press Release entitled How to Attract and Retain Workers in the System of Long-Term Care for the Elderly? Marijana Bađun summarizes the main conclusions and recommendations from the recently published OECD's Report.

 
Budget transparency in Croatian counties, cities and municipalities
Published: July 1, 2020

On July 1, 2020, the Institute of Public Finance (Institute) presented the results of the sixth annual research cycle of the budget transparency of all 576 Croatian local governments. The overall average level of budget transparency in Croatian counties, cities and municipalities – expressed as the number of budget documents published on their respective official websites – is improving year by year, and in this cycle stands at 4.1 (out of a maximum of 5). This is a significant improvement from 2015, when it averaged 1.8. Although the publication of budget documents does not in itself guarantee absolute transparency, it is considered the first step towards higher levels of transparency necessary for the citizens' participation in the budget process and their control of the collection and spending of public funds. In times of crisis – when due to the coronavirus (in Zagreb and the surrounding area also due to the earthquake), revenues are declining and expenditures are rising – participation and control are more necessary than ever.

In order to make the obtained results as accessible and clear as possible, the Institute has published an interactive map showing the results of all counties, cities and municipalities. A detailed analysis of the research is published in the newsletter Budget transparency in Croatian counties, cities and municipalities (November 2019 – April 2020).

 
Central government budget transparency in Croatia
Published: May 8, 2020

In the Press Release entitled Central government budget transparency in Croatia: in spite of noteworthy achievements, there is still a lot of room for improvement, Mihaela Bronić and Josip Franić discuss the findings of the Open Budget Survey 2019. According to the survey results, which were published by the International Budget Partnership on April 29, Croatia ranks 21st amongst the 117 analysed countries. This places Croatia in the group of countries that release substantial information on the central government budget.

 
 

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Local budget transparency
 
On July 1, 2020 the Institute of Public Finance presented the results of the sixth annual research cycle of the budget transparency of all 576 Croatian local governments. 

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.

 

Newsletter
 
The upper child benefit threshold was increased by 40% in July 2018, but this change did not result in an expected increase in the number of beneficiaries and children receiving the benefit. In anticipation of the new change in the threshold, which could take effect in January 2020, Ivica Urban and Martina Pezer describe in the new Newsletter About Child benefit what child benefit is, how it is calculated, and try to discover possible reasons for the failure of the 2018 measure. One of them is inadequate information provided to potential beneficiaries, hence one of recommendations would be that all parents and guardians should check their eligibility for child benefit.
 

 
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