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do Carmo Oliveira, Joao; Martinez-Vasquez, Jorge
The study overviews the most relevant,
current intergovernmental fiscal issues in the Czech
Republic, centered on the options available to prod policy
planning. Fragmentation at the lowest tier of government is
the most striking feature of the administrative structure.
This suggests a strategic direction for further
administrative reforms to sustain fiscal decentralization,
which includes empowering territorial self-governing units;
establishing a multilevel government coordinating body to
define autonomous functions on expenditures, and revenues;
and by creating financial and legal incentives to facilitate
an asymmetric assignment of revenue and expenditure.
Specific policy actions should include institutional
inter-governmental cooperation and dialogue through a broad
based commission to recommend regional expenditures, and the
Budget Rules Law should be amended to preempt unfounded
mandates to local governments. Revenue autonomy should be
boosted by increasing predictability of local budgets,
restoring tax-effort incentives, and reviewing the adopted
adjustment coefficient for tax-sharing distribution; while a
rationalized transfer system should focus on decreasing the
number of specific subsidies, and prioritizing programs to
stabilize transfers within a medium-term expenditure
framework. Institutional framework and prudential rules
would ensure fiscally responsible borrowing, and encourage a
competitive financial market.