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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

  • Disaster for the municipalities 01.12.2010

    die_welt Pforzheim is a town of nearly 119 000 inhabitants in the state of Baden-Württemberg, southwest Germany. It is world-famous for its jewelry and watch-making industry. Because of that it gained the nickname "Goldstadt" or Golden City. It has an area of 98 km² and is situated between the cities of Stuttgart and Karlsruhe. Unfortunately, lately the city is becoming famous for another thing. On 5 January 2010, "Die Welt" published a story of a long struggle of the town Mayoress and her city treasurer that may lead to a legendary loss of 77.5 million euro in the years 2014-2017. The translated version of the story is available at the link below.

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  • Fiscal Decentralization Task Force Meeting in Skopje, 28-29 June 2010 28.06.2010

    The NALAS Task Force on Fiscal Decentralization meeting took place in Skopje, Macedonia on 28-29 June. The main topic on the meeting’s agenda was the presentation and discussion of the NALAS Final Report on Developing a Municipal Finance Database in South Eastern Europe: the Preparatory Phase. During the meeting, the report was improved with the input of the participants and two ideas for follow-up phases were developed. Also, other three new projects ideas on different topics related with the most pressing issues in NALAS countries were selected from a bigger number of ideas to be further developed by the experts/associations that took commitment to write the first draft of the projects.

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  • Sofia Declaration on Enforcing the political neutrality and independence 01.02.2010

    In some coun­tries in South East Europe the unity of national associations was chal­lenged in the past few months: new associations were established, while the national associations, members of NALAS network, lost considerable part of their membership. Therefore, the Presidents at their meeting in Sofia expressed their concern about such tendencies of fragmentation of national associa­tions in the region. A political declaration was adopted by the Presidents who agreed that the message coming from NALAS should be widely disseminated in all SEE countries.

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  • Fiscal Decentralization, Options for Donor Harmonisation 11.01.2010

    localgovanddec Since the beginning of the 1990s, most developing countries have embarked in a process of subsequent decentralization, combining political, administrative and fiscal aspects. In this context, the Secretariat of the Development Partners Working Group on Local Governance and Decentralization (DPWG-LGD) has commissioned a desk study in the area of Fiscal Decentralization with a focus on local taxation, in order to produce recommendations on two levels: (i) Simplification and optimization of fiscal systems and (ii) harmonization of development partners’ interventions. The desk study has been conducted by an individual consultant from Germany and used sources of information provided by the working group members as well as other sources from her professional experience.

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  • Resolution of the Presidium of the German Association of Towns and Municipalities of 1 December 2009 01.12.2009

    dstgb The impacts of the financial and economic crisis are increasingly being felt in the cities and towns. Tax revenues heavily drop, while social expenditure is exploding. Municipalities are to look after children and ensure security, rehabilitate schools and eliminate waste water, pay social welfare benefit and strengthen local crafts - in short, provide an attractive environment. The gap between the collapsing revenues and skyrocketing costs of the municipalities will become wider in the next few years. The financial crisis is already determined policy decisions. Given this precarious situation, the German cities and municipalities are calling for a recue system and sustainable municipal consolidation package. Click below to read the whole document.

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  • Cost Estimation of Municipal Services of South East Europe 04.08.2008

    knc211 As a result of the awareness of the new needs for local authorities in South East Europe, the NALAS Task Force on Fiscal Decentralization gathered experts and resources to develop cost estimation model of mainstream municipal services. This publication offers methods of cost estimation of municipal services that include operational (investment) costs,are simple and relatively easy to apply and still allow country-specific adjustments.

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  • Recession support for councils 29.07.2008

    recessionsupport The Local Government Association has gathered and published very valuable resources for addressing the current crisis by the local councils. The resources include frequently asked questions, policy and lobbying, research by LGA and guidelines on this topic.

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  • Improvement of Local Property Tax Administration in South East Europe 09.07.2008

    knc134 This publication contains guidance on the most critical tasks needed to improve local tax administration with a comparative analysis of the situation in SEE. It provides practical advice by specifying methods used for property identification, assessment of property and techniques of local property tax collection and enforcement. It presents good practices on property administration within the countries of South East Europe. Recent successful international programs in some SEE countries are also described.

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  • How to Lead Successful Budget Negotiations? 01.07.2008

    knc622 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.

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  • NALAS Members' Presidents Meeting in Budva, 27-28 June 2008 27.06.2008

    nalasbudva Presidents and executives of NALAS Member Associations met in Budva on 27-28 June 2008 to discuss the role of Local Government Associations in negotiating better fiscal policies with their central government authorities. The Minister of Finance of Montenegro, Mr Igor Luksic and the Minister of Interior and Public Administration, Mr Jusuf Kalamperovic were guest speakers. The NALAS members presidents endorsed the draft municipal negotiation, which is the first product of the NALAS Task Force on Fiscal Decentralization led by the Bulgarian Association NAMRB. They shared their experiences in budget negotiations and developed several recommendations for follow up activities.

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