8th NALAS Fiscal Decentralisation Indicators Report
The new NALAS Fiscal Decentralisation Indicators Report sheds a light on social sector services in South-East Europe
This is the eighth edition of the Report which is an ongoing effort of NALAS’ Fiscal Decentralisation Task Force to provide policymakers and analysts with reliable comparative data on municipal finances and up to date information on intergovernmental fiscal relations in South–East Europe.
This edition focuses in particular on the regulation, management and financing of decentralized social sector services in South-East Europe. The report provides a comparative overview and then a detailed analysis of the local government responsibilities in education, social care and protection and public health in South-East Europe, how they are regulated, managed and financed for all South-East European economies.
As the world continues to face the aftermath of COVID-19 and local governments lead recovery efforts, a special chapter is dedicated the municipal response to COVID-19 in the social sector in South-East Europe. This chapter shows what South-East European local governments have been doing to weather the crisis impact in education, social protection and care and public health.
The report introduces the NALAS Decentralisation Observatory – the data and information hub on local government issues in South-East Europe (www.nalas-observatory.eu). The Observatory facilitates the access to and utilisation of timely, accurate, reliable and comparable data and information on local government finance in South-East Europe (SEE). The Observatory is developed by NALAS, in partnership with KDZ – Centre for Public Administration Research and with the support of the BACID Program.
Ultimately, the report includes also its traditional analysis on Fiscal Decentralisation providing an overview of fiscal decentralization tendencies in South-East Europe and then specific chapters with fiscal decentralisation indicators for the individual economies.
The report is structured in five key chapters:
- Comparative overview of local social sector responsibilities in South-East Europe
- Municipal response to COVID-19 in the social sector in South-East Europe
- Review of decentralised social sector responsibilities in South-East Europe
- Overview of fiscal decentralisation in South-East Europe
- Key fiscal decentralisation indicators in South-East Europe
We are profoundly grateful to the NALAS Fiscal Decentralisation Task Force (FDTF) members for their invaluable support and for the efforts they made to both gather very specific data and synthesise the complicated roles their local governments play in managing and financing social sector services in South-East Europe. We are equally grateful for the extra effort they made to add to the report short sections on the impact of, and responses to the COVID-19 pandemic by local governments in the social sector.
We hope this report will be helpful to NALAS member Local Government Associations and policymakers, experts and practitioners in SEE, in informing and supporting their advocacy efforts for improved policies, services and financing of local governments social sector responsibilities and beyond.
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8th NALAS Fiscal Decentralisation Indicators Report
Transforming Public Administration with CAF - 20 years of the Common Assessment Framework
The CAF is the European Common Assessment Framework for better quality in public administration, and it celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2020. The CAF improves public administration through self-assessment by the employees and executives of "their" organisation. The beginning of the CAF dates back to 1998 when the ministers of the European Public Administration Network (EUPAN) commissioned designing "general principles concerning the improvement of the quality of services provided to citizens".
The CAF 2020 is the ﬁfth version of the CAF, and it is designed to be the European guideline for good governance and excellence in public sector organisations. In four chapters, this book provides an overview of how the CAF is contributing to transform public administration. About 30 designated CAF experts from academia and practice offer insights into the impact of the CAF in different ﬁelds of public sector organisations, reﬂecting the powerful role of the CAF in navigating through challenging times. Furthermore, this book provides an overview of the institutional status of the CAF in Europe and internationally, and it shows the necessary steps for further strengthening the CAF as the number one tool for transformation and quality in the public sector.
As a resumé of the book, it can be stated that the CAF initiates and accompanies the transformation of public administration, especially through:
- transforming the organisation towards change and organisational development;
- transforming public administration towards the Sustainable Development Goals;
- transforming the public sector towards effective governance, multi-level collaboration and comprehensive policy-ﬁeld-thinking;
- making public administration and structural reforms successful; and
- driving states and societies towards European integration and European values.
Second edition of the NALAS Statistical Brief: Local Government Finance Indicators in South East Europe
ReSPA Annual Report 16 October 2019 - 15 October 2020
NALAS Survey reveals the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic
POLICY PAPER: SOUND LOCAL PUBLIC MANAGEMENT IN THE DANUBE REGION
NALAS Statistical Brief 2019 - LOCAL GOVERNMENT FINANCE INDICATORS IN SOUTH EAST EUROPE
NALAS Fiscal Decentralisation Report 2018
For downloading the full Report: http://nalas.eu/Home/Download/FD_rep2018x
Potential Contributions of South East European Local Governments to the Regional Economic Area
This book is a result of the programme "Building Administrative Capacity in the Danube Region and Western Balkans (BACID)". BACID aimed at strengthening the governance structures in the Western Balkan and the Republic of Moldova with focus on local governments and European integration. It has been supported by the Austrian Development Agency and implemented by the Austrian Association of Cities and Towns (AACT) and the KDZ Centre for Public Administration Research.
Public-Private Partnership Guidelines for Local Self-Governments
As part of the mentoring support provided to the City of Podgorica (Mentoring to City of Podgorica in Public-Private Partnership), the BACID programme has elaborated the Public Private Partnership Guidelines for Local Self-Governments based on the experiences of Austrian cities and municipalities:
NALAS publications developed with BACID support
NALAS - Network of Local Authorities of South-East Europe (www.nalas.eu) gathers 16 associations. The Network represents a unique regional platform for cooperation and exchange of experiences between municipal professionals and decision-makers from the region. As such, it is one of the main partner to KDZ and AACT in implementation of the BACID Programme and various publications are result of this cooperation:
|NALAS Task Force on Energy Efficiency: Applying EU legislation for EE measures|
|NALAS Task Force on Urban Planning: Land management and taxation practices|
Open Government Implementation Model
The Open Government Implementation Model (Version 2) has been developed by KDZ for the City of Vienna, as contribution to its Open Government Strategy:
LOGON Network 1998-2008
LOGON (Local Governments Network of Central and Eastern European Countries) was an EU funded project lead by the Austrian Association of Cities and Towns in patnership with the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) and 24 local government associations from 19 countries. The purpose of the project was exchange of know-how of local governments in EU Member States on how to build capacity for effectively dealing with EU policies and the challenges and opportunities of EU membership. The project results are presented in several publications on the role and obligations of local governments in the EU:
- LOGON Report 1999
- LOGON Report 2000
- LOGON Report 2002
- LOGON Reader 2004
- LOGON Studies 2004
- LOGON Report 2005
- LOGON Report 2008
Publications of BACID partners
Danube Project Support Toolkit published by EuroVienna
Documents on the role of local governments in fight against human trafficking provided by the Danube Region Strategy PA 10
- Guidelines for municipalities developed by the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS): THB Guidelines for Municipalities
- Background Report for establishment of the EUSDR City Network against THB prepared by Europa Forum: EUSDR City Network against Trafficking in Human Beings: Background report on framework conditions and institutional landscape