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Municipal governments in Spain

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Municipal governments in Spain: a situation asking for changes

What do municipalities do in Spain? 13% of the Spanish State’s public spending corresponds to local administrations. This percentage is not very different from the figures from, approximately, 30 years ago, which was 11%. It is far from the 20% average in federal countries. In Spain, an important decentralisation process has been accomplished, which has fundamentally gone in a single direction: from the central government to the autonomous community governments.

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Has the Catalan Government’s new funding model expired?

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The Catalan Statute of Autonomy designs a model that matches two principles: fiscal autonomy and equity. It foresees that the Catalan Government has the capacity to decide on the largest part of its revenues (autonomy) and defines an equity criterion that must enable calculating what it gives to the rest of the autonomous governments in the concept of solidarity.

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