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Theoretical and Applied Economics
No. 3 / 2010 (544)

Convergence of Croatian Financial and Budget Regulations to the Framework and Practices of the European Union

Economic Faculty, University of Rijeka, Croatia
State Secretary, Croatian Ministry of Finance

Abstract. As of 2004 intensive preparatory activities for the accession of the Republic of Croatia into the European Union have started. Significant changes have been taking place in legislation, institutional and administrative respect. The so called “silent reform“ is changing the appearance and the way of work of state administration. Institutions acquire the rules and way of work of the European Union through the usage of pre-accession programmes. General opinion moves in the direction of successfulness, competitiveness, attainment of results and added values. Financial regulations regarding stipulation of budget processes have been changing through the introduction of the following elements: strategic planning, multi-annual budget framework, fiscal discipline, internal audit as well as financial management and control system based on clearly set work processes and procedures. This document provides the description of the most significant changes regarding financial management and budget regulations in the Republic of Croatia which have taken place in the course of adapting (developing) the system to the European practices and rules.

Keywords: reforms; public finance management; European funds; public internal financial control; strategic planning; multi year planning; outcomes; performance.

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