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

In the latest 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.

The Institute of Public Finance joins the Collective Call to Open Budgets
Published: May 7, 2020
The Call, which was launched by the International Budget Partnership (IBP), a non-profit Washington-based organization, urges governments to increase the openness of central government budgets by taking four essential steps over the next five years. The main goals are to improve transparency of government, ensure greater opportunity for public to participate in budget processes, and establish stronger mechanisms for the monitoring of budget execution. It is expected that massive global support would convince governments of the urgency and importance of these topics. The IBP will further contact governments asking them to implement these steps, and will post their responses on its website.
IBP invites all those interested in the openness of government budgets to join them and their partners - including the Institute of Public Finance - in realizing this vision. To be part of this movement, please contact Claire Schouten. 
Job preservation grant
Published: April 24, 2020

To mitigate the adverse economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, the Croatian Government adopted more than 70 measures. Ivica Urban in the latest Press Release entitled Job preservation grant analyses the Government's measure with the strongest economic and budgetary effects.


Local budget transparency
On July 3, 2019 the Institute of Public Finance presented the results of the fifth 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.


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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