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Presentation of the results: Croatian local governments' budget transparency: November 2018 - March 2019
 
Place and date: House of Europe, Zagreb, July 3, 2019
 
Presenters:
Ivana Jakir-Bajo, Assistant Minister and Chief State Treasurer, Ministry of Finance 
Darko Nekić, State Secretary, Ministry of Public Administration
Željko Kolar, Head of the Krapinsko-zagorska County 
Ante Pranić, Mayor of the City of Vrgorac
Željko Baradić, Head of the Municipality of Stankovci
Katarina Ott, Institute of Public Finance
Mihaela Bronić, Institute of Public Finance
 
Topic: Presentation of the results of the new research cycle within the project “Understanding, monitoring and analysing local government budget transparency: Case study of Croatia and Slovenia – Open local budget index” (IP-2014-09-3008) funded by the Croatian Science Foundation
 
Content: 
The level of budget transparency of all 576 Croatian local governments (counties, cities and municipalities), November 2018 - March 2019 was presented. Their overall average level of budget transparency, measured by the number of budget documents published on their respective official websites, stands at 3.9 (out of a possible 5). The number of budget documents published has grown year by year in all types of local governments, averaging 4.9 in counties, 4.3 in cities and 3.8 in municipalities in this most recent research cycle. However, despite the improvements in average results, differences among individual local governments, notably municipalities, are still huge. A large number of cities and the bulk of municipalities will have to intensify their efforts to comply with legal obligations and Ministry of Finance’s recommendations. While the publishing of budget documents does not in itself guarantee absolute budget transparency, it should still be prescribed and encouraged, as the first step towards higher transparency levels necessary for citizens' participation in the budget process. 
 
The Institute awarded the top rated local governments. 
 
The detailed results of the analysis are available in the Newsletter Budget transparency in Croatian counties, cities and municipalities (November 2018 – March 2019) and in the interactive map

Workshop: Open local budget index workshop

Place and date: Public Sector Economics 2018 Conference, 26 October 2018

Presenters:

Mihaela Bronić, Institute of Public Finance
Maja Klun, Faculty of Administration, University of Ljubljana
Branko Stanić, Institute of Public Finance

Topic: Discussion on the results of the third year of implementing project Understanding, monitoring and analysing local government budget transparency: Case study of Croatia and Slovenia – Open local budget index (IP-2014-09-3008) funded by the Croatian Science Foundation

Contents:
The results of the third year of the budget transparency of Croatian and Slovenian local units research, measured by the number of key local budget documents published on their official web pages from November 2017 until March 2018, were presented. On the workshop two articles were presented „Analysis of Local budget transparency index in the last three years: The case of Slovenia“ and „The determinants of local government budget transparency: A spatial regression analysis of Croatian cities and municipalities“. In the discussion, among other participants of the Public Sector Economics 2018 conference, Katarina Ott (the project leader) as well as Velibor Mačkić and Paolo de Renzio (members of the project team) participated. The level of the measured budget transparency of Croatian and Slovenian local units and the methods of finding the local budget transparency determinants were discussed.

Presentation of the results: Croatian local units' budget transparency from November 2017 until March 2018

Place and date: House of Europe, Zagreb, July 2, 2018

Presenters:
Ivana Jakir-Bajo, Assistant Minister and Chief State Treasurer in Ministry of Finance
Katica Prpić, State Secretary in Ministry of Public Administration
Tatjana Matošević, Head of the Department for Budget and Finances in Istria County
Vojko Obersnel, Mayor of the City of Rijeka
Mato Čičak, Head of the Municipality of Rugvica
Katarina Ott, Institute of Public Finance
Mihaela Bronić, Institute of Public Finance

Topic: Presentation of the results of the new research cycle within the project “Understanding, monitoring and analysing local government budget transparency: Case study of Croatia and Slovenia – Open local budget index” (IP-2014-09-3008) funded by the Croatian Science Foundation

Content:
The level of budget transparency of all 576 Croatian local units (counties, cities and municipalities) from November 2017 until March 2018 was presented. The overall average level of budget transparency in Croatian counties, cities and municipalities, measured by the number of budget documents published on their respective official websites, stands at 3.5 (out of a possible 5). The number of budget documents published has grown year by year in all types of local government units, averaging 4.9 in counties, 4 in cities and  3.3 in municipalities in the current year. However, despite the improvements in average results achieved, differences among individual local units, notably municipalities, are still huge. A large number of cities and the bulk of municipalities will have to intensify their efforts to comply with their legal obligations and recommendations of the Ministry of Finance in this respect. While the publishing of budget documents does not in itself guarantee absolute transparency, it should still be prescribed and encouraged, because it is the first step towards achieving higher transparency levels necessary for citizens' participation in the budget process.

The Institute has awarded special acknowledgments to top rated local units. The results of the analysis for all counties, cities and municipalities are presented in the Newsletter Budget transparency in Croatian counties, cities and municipalities (November 2017 – March 2018) and are also available on the interactive map


Workshop: Transparency and budget transparency determinants of Croatian and Slovenian local units

Place and date: Institute of Public Finance, 27 October 2017

Presenters:
Mihaela Bronić, Institute of Public Finance
Maja Klun, Faculty of Administration, University of Ljubljana
Katarina Ott, Institute of Public Finance
Velibor Mačkić, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb
Branko Stanić, Institute of Public Finance
Marija Višić, student, PMF-Department of Mathematics, University of Zagreb

Topic: Discussion on the results of the second year of implementing project Understanding, monitoring and analysing local government budget transparency:  Case study of Croatia and Slovenia – Open local budget index (IP-2014-09-3008) funded by the Croatian Science Foundation

Contents:

The results of the second year of the budget transparency of Croatian and Slovenian local units research measured by the number of key budget documents published on their official web pages from November 2016 until March 2017 were discussed. Five key documents are year-end report for 2015, half-year report for 2016 and budget proposal, enacted budget and citizens' budget for 2017. The measured level of budget transparency of Croatian and Slovenian local units and the methods of finding the budget transparency determinants were discussed.


Presentation of the results: Croatian local units' budget transparency from November 2016 until March 2017

Place and date: House of Europe, Zagreb, July 4, 2017

Presenters:
Manica Hauptman, Economic Advisor of the European Commission Representative Office in the Republic of Croatia
Zdravko Marić, Minister of Finance
Lovro Kuščević, Minister of Public Administration
Goran Pauk, Šibenik – Knin County prefect
Zlatko Brlek, Mayor of the City of Klanjec
Štefica Sirutka, Head of the Municipality of Đelekovec
Anamarija Musa, Information Commissioner
Katarina Ott, Institute of Public Finance
Mihaela Bronić, Institute of Public Finance

Topic: Presentation of the results of the new research cycle within the project “Understanding, monitoring and analysing local government budget transparency: Case study of Croatia and Slovenia – Open local budget index” (IP-2014-09-3008) funded by the Croatian Science Foundation

Content:
The level of budget transparency of all 576 Croatian local units (counties, cities and municipalities) from November 2016 until March 2017 was presented. The average level of budget transparency in local government units has improved year by year. In the current research cycle, it averages 3.1 (the maximum rank is 5), with counties already being very transparent (4.6 on average), cities fairly good (3.7 on average), but municipalities still lagging behind (2.8 on average). Despite the relatively solid averages, there are too many extremely non-transparent local government units. Four cities (Gospić, Imotski,Valpovo and Vrgorac) and as many as 39 municipalities have not published a single budget document that we were searching for. As in previous years, the most transparent local government units include very sparsely populated ones, such as Ribnik and Dekanovec, and local government units with low per capita income (e.g. Jarmina and Đelekovec). On the other hand, among the least transparent local government units there are units with very high total and per capita budget revenues (e.g. Sutivan, Šolta, Dugopolje and Bol).

The Institute has awarded special acknowledgments to top rated local units.

The results of the analysis for all counties, cities and municipalities are presented in the Newsletter Budget transparency in Croatian counties, cities and municipalities (November 2016 – March 2017) and are also available on the interactive map.


Workshop: Transparency and budget transparency determinants of Croatian and Slovenian local units

Place and date:
Institute of Public Finance, 11 October 2016

Presenters:
Katarina Ott, Institute of Public Finance
Mihaela Bronić, Institute of Public Finance
Maja Klun, Faculty of Administration, University of Ljubljana
Velibor Mačkić, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb

Topic: Discussion on the results of the first year of implementing project Understanding, monitoring and analysing local government budget transparency: Case study of Croatia and Slovenia – Open local budget index (IP-2014-09-3008) funded by the Croatian Science Foundation

Contents:

The results of the first year of researching budget transparency of Croatian and Slovenian local units measured by the number of key budget documents published on their official web pages from November 2015 until March 2016. Five key documents are year-end report for 2014, half-year report for 2015 and budget proposal, enacted budget and citizens' budget for 2016. The current level of budget transparency of Croatian and Slovenian local units and the methods of finding the budget transparency determinants were discussed.


Presentation of the results: Croatian local units' budget transparency from November 2015 until March 2016

Place and date: Novinarski dom, Zagreb, 5 July 2016

Presenters:
Zdravko Marić, Minister of Finance
Dubravka Jurlina Alibegović, Minister of Administration
Milan Kolić, Lika-Senj County prefect
Gordana Lipšinić, Mayer of the City of Ozalj
Goran Reljić, Head of municipality Kistanje
Anamarija Musa, Information Commissioner
Katarina Ott, Institute of Public Finance
Mihaela Bronić, Institute of Public Finance

Topic: Presentation of the results of the first year of the implementation of the project Understanding, monitoring and analysing local government budget transparency:  Case study of Croatia and Slovenia – Open local budget index (IP-2014-09-3008) funded by the Croatian Science Foundation

Contents:
The level of budget transparency of all 576 Croatian local units (counties, cities and municipalities) from November 2015 until March 2016 was presented. Although the local units' budget transparency is increasing every year – from the average of 1.75 in the previous research cycle to 2.35 in the latest research cycle – the condition is still unsatisfactory. The most transparent are counties (average 4.3) whereas 11 counties published all five key budget documents. Transparency of cities (average 3.05) is lower than the one of counties and only 25 of 128 cities published all five documents. Transparency of municipalities is poor (average 2.04) and only 8 of 428 municipalities published all five documents – Bizovac, Kistanje, Konavle, Kostrena, Lovran, Orehovica, Radoboj and Sveti Križ Začretje.

The Institute handed special awards to the best graded local units.

In order for the results to be as available and clear, the Institute published an interactive map which indicates the results for each local unit. Detailed analysis of the research has been published in the Newsletter Budget transparency in Croatian counties, cities and municipalities (November 2015 – March 2016).

 
 
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