Local budget transparency (November 2019 - April 2020)
Transparent budgets are so framed as to provide citizens with complete, accurate, timely and understandable budget 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 measured by the number of the following key budget documents published on the official websites of the counties, cities and municipalities:
  • 2018 year-end report
  • 2019 mid-year report
  • 2020 budget proposal
  • 2020 enacted budget
  • 2020 citizens budget.
This analysis involved only the documents available in the period from November 2019 to April 2020, 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.




This work has been supported in part by the Croatian Science Foundation under the project (IP-2019-04-8360).
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 2018 year-end and 2019 mid-year reports was examined from 4 November to 28 December 2019, and publication of the 2020 budget proposal, 2020 enacted budget and 2020 citizens budget from 3 February to 3 April 2020. 

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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 formamong other things, annual plans,

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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 2019 – April 2020.

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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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