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Fiscal Decentralization

The NALAS Task Force on Fiscal Decentralization consists of regional experts in local and intergovernmental finances representing member associations. The host association for this Task Force is the National Association of Local Governments of Bulgaria (NAMRB).

Latest Task Forces

  • Upcoming: NALAS’ first Summer School on Local Governance and Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations 14.07.2014

    Summer School Broch NALAS is working on the final preparations for a new exciting event! From 14 to 18 July 2014, at the lovely Ohrid Lake in Macedonia we will organize NALAS’ first Summer School on Local Governance and Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations. At the school participants will learn how to maintain and use large data sets of municipal revenue and expenditure data to conduct sophisticated analyses of their intergovernmental finance systems. We will also discuss with renowned guest speakers and the leadership of local government associations how intergovernmental fiscal analysis can be used to engage national governments in concrete discussions of reform. Renowned guest speakers and instructors, small-group setting, and individual exercises, and incredible nature and cultural heritage of Ohrid will create an exciting environment for learning and exchange.

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  • Fiscal Decentralization Indicators for South-East Europe: 2006-2011 05.11.2012

    fdindicators2011 The Report has been prepared by the NALAS Fiscal Decentralization Task Force. It is the second edition of what NALAS expects to be an ongoing effort to provide national and local policy makers, researchers, and interested outside observers with reliable comparative data on municipal finances and intergovernmental fiscal relations in South-East Europe. The first edition of the report was published in March 2011 and covered the years 2006-2010. This edition extends the period under review through 2011, and deepens certain aspects of the analysis. In particular, more analysis has been done on local government spending and on the effects of the global recession --now complicated by uncertainty about European Union’s future—on the region.

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  • NALAS Conference boosts intergovernmental dialogue on the process of fiscal decentralization in South-East Europe 01.11.2012

    Budva Is the fiscal decentralisation the main strategy for the countries in South-East Europe to face the financial challenges and to reinforce investments in local communities? What are the open issues related to the process of fiscal decentralization throughout the Region? Where and how should countries direct the future of fiscal decentralization? These were some of the topics addressed within the International Conference: TheFuture of Fiscal Decentralization in South-East Europe, organized from 1-2 November 2012 in Hotel Splendid, Budva, Montenegro, by the Network of Associations of Local Government Authorities (NALAS), in partnership with the Ministry of Finance of Montenegro and the Union of Municipalities of Montenegro.

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  • Workshop on Municipal Finance Databases 03.09.2012

    FDI2012-1 This report has been prepared by the NALAS Fiscal Decentralization Task. It is the third edition of what NALAS expects to be an ongoing effort to provide national and local policy makers and analysts with reliable comparative data on municipal finances and intergovernmental fiscal relations in South-East Europe. The monitoring system of the implementation of the strategy “South East Europe 2020 - Jobs and Prosperity in a European Perspective” related to the measuring clear subsidiarity, multilevel governance and regional cooperation will be based on the data and analysis conducted for this report. The first edition of the report was published in March 2011 and covered the years 2006 2010. The second edition extended the period under review through 2011 and deepened certain aspects of the analysis. This edition covers the period 2006-2012. As in the previous two editions we present a comparative picture of what has been happening in the region as whole.

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  • Discussions on the changes contaxt and trends in Fiscal decentralisation in SEE 15.08.2012

    docimgcontex This publication represents a collection of policy papers developed by associations of local authorities of South East Europe in preparation for the international conference “The Future of Fiscal Decentralisation in South Eastern Europe” organized by NALAS in Budva, Montenegro on 1-2 November 2012. It also contains the speech of the President of NALAS as well as the “Budva Declaration for the Future of Fiscal Decentralisation in South East Europe” adopted at this Conference.

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  • NALAS Fiscal Decentralization Task Force addresses fiscal decentralization challenges in the SEE Region 27.06.2012

    Zagreb1 From 27-28 June 2012, NALAS Fiscal Decentralization Task Force held its meeting in Zagreb, Croatia. The meeting provided an overview of the developments since the last session of the Task Force, held in November 2011 in Bursa, Turkey.

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  • Regional Decentralisation Observatory: a vision to materialise 12.10.2011

    RDO1 Is SEE Decentralisation Observatory needed? What functions should it perform? What areas should it cover? What kind of data to collect? How to use the data collected?

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  • Fiscal Decentralization Indicators for South-East Europe 27.07.2011

    fdreport This report has been prepared by the Fiscal Decentralization Task Force of the Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South East Europe (NALAS). Its purpose is to provide national and local policy makers, researchers, and interested outside observers with reliable comparative data on municipal finances and intergovernmental fiscal relations in South East Europe. Like its object of analysis, the report is a work in progress. It represents a first attempt by NALAS to assemble from its member associations basic data on fiscal decentralization. Over time, NALAS hopes to expand and deepen the analysis in response to requests and suggestions from both member associations and interested observers. For the moment, however, the report provides a snap shot of the structure, functions, and financing of local governments in South East Europe, as well as an overview of how intergovernmental financial relations have evolved over the economically turbulent period 2006-2010.

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  • Fiscal Decentralisation Task Force Meeting in Ljubljana, 11-12 July 2011 11.07.2011

    ljubljana-nalas NALAS Task Force on Fiscal Decentralisation met in Ljubljana 11-12 July to hold conceptual discussions on the role and interests of the TF in the next several years.

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  • Workshop on Modernizing Local Public Expenditure Management 11.05.2011

    As part of the cooperation with the World Bank-Austria Urban Partnership Program, NALAS and its Fiscal Decentralization Task Force took part in the workshop on Modernizing Local Public Expenditure Management, organized in Mavrovo, Macedonia, from 15-17 May 2012. The workshop focused on local expenditures and selected aspects of expenditures management, such as: Recurrent expenditures versus capital investment expenditures; Budget as a tool for expenditure monitoring and control; Making budgets real: planning methods, expenditure control techniques; Procuring, contracting, and regulating private providers; Price setting of local utility services; Promoting or reversing private provision of utility services, etc.

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