Budget transparency in Croatian counties, cities and municipalities (November 2017 - March 2018)

Transparent budgets are so framed as to provide citizens with complete, accurate, timely and understandable information. In turn, better-informed citizens can exert pressure on the collection of public funds and the supply of public goods and services, making them more efficient and increasing the accountability of local authorities while reducing the opportunities for corruption.

Maps show local budget transparency in the period from November 2017 to March 2018 measured by the number of the following key budget documents published on the official websites of the counties, cities and municipalities:

  • 2016 year-end report
  • 2017 mid-year report
  • 2018 budget proposal
  • 2018 enacted budget
  • 2018 citizens budget.


This analysis involved only the documents available in the observed research periods, i.e. on the days when the websites were examined. Subsequently published documents were not considered..


This methodology results in a local budget transparency index ranging from zero to five.


Detailed results and methodology of the research are presented in the Newsletter Budget transparency in Croatian counties, cities and municipalities (November 2017 - March 2018).



This work has been supported in part by the Croatian Science Foundation under the project (IP-2014-09-3008).
Given the extensiveness of the research, there is some possibility of error. All the links were active at the time of the research.


How was the level of transparency of local budgets measured?

As it is not always easy to determine whether a budget document is published on the official websites of counties, cities and municipalities, the level of transparency was measured according to the following criteria:

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When was the level of transparency of local budgets measured?

Publication of the 2016 year-end and 2017 mid-year reports was examined from 6 November to 22 December 2017, and publication of the 2018 budget proposal, 2018 enacted budget and 2018 citizens budget from 5 February to 27 March 2018.

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Basis for requesting documents

According to Article 10 of the Act on the Right of Access to Information, public  authorities are required to publish on their official websites, in an easily searchable manner and in a machine-readable form, among other things, annual

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Press corner

Here you can get all the materials related to the presentation of the local government units' budget transparency results: November 2017 - March 2018.

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Archive of past researches

The Institute of Public Finance regularly analyses the budget transparency of counties, cities and municipalities.

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Thanks for the support

Presentation of this research is supported by:

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