Government at a Glance: Western Balkans

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Government at a Glance: Western Balkans presents information on public governance in the Western Balkan region – covering Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia, and compares it to OECD and OECD-EU countries. This first regional edition features 40 indicators on public finance, public employment, centre of government, budgeting practices and procedures, human resources management, public procurement, digital government, core government results and serving citizens. Governance indicators provide important benchmarks on public administration systems, practices and performance. Indicators are presented in a user-friendly format using charts, with brief descriptive analyses of the major findings, and a methodological section on the definition of the indicator and any limitations in data comparability.


General government revenues

In order to fund the provision of goods and services to the population and redistribute income, the government raises revenues in several ways (e.g. taxes, custom duties). Comparing the size of revenues between Western Balkan, OECD and EU economies reveals the challenges that each group of countries faces. Economies in the Western Balkan region have a small revenue base which hinders governments’ capacity to promote inclusive growth. COVID-19 is bringing a new wave of digitalisation in the region, fostering the development of new tools for revenue collection, especially taxes. OECD and EU countries have a larger revenue base, which has allowed them to expand the services to the population and to implement relevant governance reforms over the years, but face the challenge of increasing their collection at the same rate as their expenditures.



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