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Presentation of the results: Croatian local government units' budget transparency: November 2019 – April 2020
Place and date: Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb, July 1, 2020
Stipe Župan, Assistant Minister, Ministry of Finance
Darko Nekić, State Secretary, Ministry of Public Administration
Martina Furdek Hajdin, Deputy of the Head of Karlovačka County
Renato Krulčić, Mayor of the City of Pazin
Anđela Cirkveni, Head of the Municipality of Pušća
Mihaela Bronić and Katarina Ott, Institute of Public Finance
Topic: Presentation of the results of the new research cycle within the project „Does Transparency pay-off? The political and socio-economic impacts of local government budget transparency in Croatia (IMPACTBT)“ (IP-2019-04-8360), funded by the Croatian Science Foundation.
The level of budget transparency of all 576 Croatian local government units (counties, cities and municipalities) in the period November 2019 – April 2020 was presented. The overall average level of budget transparency in Croatian local government units, expressed as the number of budget documents published on their respective official websites, stands at 4.1 (out of a maximum 5). The average value for counties stands at 4.9, for cities 4.5 and 4 for municipalities. Even though the average results keep improving year after year, around 20% of the local government units still fail to publish all three legally required documents, while 41% do not follow the recommendation of the Ministry of Finance for publishing two additional documents. It was emphasised that although the publishing of documents does not, in itself, guarantee absolute transparency, it is considered the initial step toward higher transparency levels necessary for citizens’ participation in the budgetary process and control over the collection and spending of public funds.
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 2019 – April 2020) and in the interactive map
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