Bulgaria Reports 28.5% Rate of Implementation of Decentralization Measures under 2014 PlanDomestic | July 8, 2015, Wednesday // 11:25| views
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A report on the implementation of decentralization measures in Bulgaria informs that the program for 2014 was 28.5% accomplished.
The decentralization policy was launched after the adoption of Bulgaria’s 1991 Constitution, investor.bg reminds.
However, key reforms related to the transfer of resources and powers to local authorities have not been completed yet and there has been no progress in the restructuring of municipal services, according to an analysis of the implementation of the decentralization program in the period 2010-2013.
The report, which has been published on the Decentralization Portal of the Council of Ministers’ website, informs about a number of uncompleted measures from the previous decentralization program and the postponement of essential measures.
The decentralization plans for 2014 and 2015 fare similarly.
Out of a total of six measures scheduled for completion by 2014, only one was implemented in full, concerning the preparation of a report on the implementation of the program, with partial achievements reported under another one.
Out of a total of eight measures scheduled for completion in 2014-2015, five are being implemented, while the remaining three are at a standstill, with no activities underway under them.
The report includes statistics on the performance of other EU countries in the sphere.
Statistics indicate that wealthier EU countries have a higher share of municipal revenues of the GDP.
The trend is especially pronounced in Denmark, Sweden, and Finland, which are characterized by the highest rates of decentralization.
The report recommends changes to the Local Taxes and Fees Act aimed at broadening the revenue base of the municipalities.
A new decentralization strategy and a program for its implementation should be drafted, according to the document.
According to the report, the strategy and the program need to include concrete quantitative measures aimed at bringing the decentralization level near the EU average.
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