How to Lead Successful Budget Negotiations?
The publication "How to lead successful budget negotiations?" sets the conditions, objectives and modalities of successful cooperation during the budget negotiations process: no matter how well a framework legislation defines the rules governing municipal revenues and expenditures, there is always a need for structured continual dialogue between the national government and local governments. Therefore, the procedural rules of budget negotiation between the National Association of local governments and the Ministry of Finance are extremely significant tools in achieving fiscal objectives and protecting municipal interest in the course of drafting the annual national budget act. The recommendations presented in this publication were elaborated by the NAMRB Expert Team, with support of other NALAS members.
The NALAS Fiscal Decentralization Task Force has launched a project on the assessment and improvement of negotiations between the local government associations and the relevant partners in the national government. The overall goal of the project is to improve the local governments’ negotiation position during fiscal planning and budget implementation process. More specifically the project aims to improve the responsiveness of intergovernmental transfers on municipal priorities, to make grant allocation more transparent and more predictable and to establish clear fiscal equalization system. The project was lead by the expert team of the National Association of Municipalities of the Republic of Bulgaria (NAMRB).