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International Aspects of Fiscal Convergences on Regional and Local Level

Borut Vojinović, Mariusz Próchniak Próchniak, Žan Jan Oplotnik

Abstract


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.


Keywords


fiscal decentralization, EU member states, local self-government, economic integration, EU convergence

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