Barcelona, June 14 - 15, 2010
Local governments are the public administration closest to citizens. For this reason, they are the first place citizens go to demand public services and, in turn, they are the administrations that know their preferences best. These factors frequently mean that local governments provide services which they are not legally obliged to offer. The resulting increasing expenditure needs, especially in times of crisis, are not always covered by suitable financial systems. Local governments are the lowest level of administration, they sometimes lack sufficient fiscal flexibility and financial tools to adapt to this changing situation.
Location: Aula Magna - Faculty of Economics (Universitat de Barcelona)