International Aspects of Fiscal Convergences on Regional and Local Level

  • Borut Vojinović University of Maribor, Faculty of Tourism, Cesta prvih borcev 36, SI-8250 Brežice
  • Mariusz Próchniak Próchniak Warsaw School of Economics, Al. Niepodległości 162, 02-554 Warszawa
  • Žan Jan Oplotnik University of Maribor, Faculty of Economics and Business, Razlagova 14, 2000 Maribor
Keywords: fiscal decentralization, EU member states, local self-government, economic integration, EU convergence


The paper presents the analysis of sigma (σ) and beta (β) convergences of the selected indicators as those that best represent the level of local self-government and fiscal decentralization systems across the selected EU member states. Through research we wanted to establish how EU integration process influenced the area of local self-government in selected EU member states and if we witness also the unification of this aspect among EU member states. Results confirm that convergence really occurred at the significant rate during the whole period 2004 to 2013 and also during the sub periods 2004 to 2009 and further, although in latter period some divergence or slowing down in convergence has been also present. Nevertheless, we can confirm that EU integration process has also influenced the area of local self-government and that EU member countries are converging to the commonly adopted criteria are principles as stated in EU charter of local self-government.

Author Biographies

Borut Vojinović, University of Maribor, Faculty of Tourism, Cesta prvih borcev 36, SI-8250 Brežice
Assistant Professor
Mariusz Próchniak Próchniak, Warsaw School of Economics, Al. Niepodległości 162, 02-554 Warszawa
Assistant professor
Žan Jan Oplotnik, University of Maribor, Faculty of Economics and Business, Razlagova 14, 2000 Maribor


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