Local budget transparency (November 2016 - March 2017)

Transparent budgets enable citizens to obtain complete, accurate, timely and understandable information about the budget. Hence, citizens can get informed and influence the more efficient collection of public funds and supply of public goods and services, increase accountability of local authorities and reduce opportunities for corruption.

Maps show the local budget transparency in the period from November 2016 to March 2017 measured by the number of following key budget documents published on the official websites of the counties, cities and municipalities:

  • 2015 year-end report
  • 2016 mid-year report
  • 2017 budget proposal
  • 2017 enacted budget
  • 2017 citizens budget.


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


Using such methodology, the local budget transparency ranges from 0 to 5.


Detailed results and methodology of the research are presented in the Newsletter Budget transparency in Croatian counties, cities and municipalities (November 2016 - March 2017).


You can also click on the maps to find out more about the results of each county, city and municipality.



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

The publication of the 2015 year-end and 2016 mid-year reports was examined from 2 November to 22 December 2016, and the publication of the 2017 budget proposal, 2017 enacted budget and 2017 citizens budget from 1 February to 26 March 2017.

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Basis for requesting documents

With a view to increasing budget transparency, the Ministry of Finance has recommended to local units that the following budget documents should be published on their official websites:

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Press corner

Dear visitors and journalists, here you can get all the materials related to the presentation of the local units' budget transparency results: November 2016 - March 2017.

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Archive of past researches

Institute of Public Finance regularly analyzes the budget transparency of counties, cities and municipalities measured by the number of key budget documents published on their official websites. Archive of past researches is available here.


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