Announcement of the results of the Financial Ranking of Local Government in Poland

On the initiative of the organizers of the Economic Forum in Krynica, another edition of the document analyzing the condition of local government units has been created. The economists analysed the finances of 2,790 Polish communes, cities and counties. They studied methods of money management, worked on “hard data” – official financial reports that each local government has to submit to the Regional Chamber of Audit.


Debate during the announcement of the results of the Financial Ranking of Local Government in Poland. (Photo: Gremi Media SA)


What is the Financial Ranking of Local Government in Poland?

This is the only report in Poland that includes all local governments. It is comprehensive, apolitical and objective, measured by seven current, most important economic indicators. Local governments are divided into five classes (e.g. rural communes and cities with county rights).

The research team headed by Prof. Krzysztof Surówka from the Cracow University of Economics, consisted of scientists from this university and the Jagiellonian University. They worked on the basis of official data provided by the Regional Chambers of Audit.

This report is based on 2019 data.

Who have we prepared the Ranking for?

The document is addressed to three main groups of recipients:

* Local government – so they can exchange experiences and good practices;

* Entrepreneurs – so that they can get to know the municipalities where they will invest their money properly;

* Citizens – so that they can check how the local government operates.

What’s the idea behind the Ranking?

The initiator of the report is the Foundation Institute for Eastern Studies. During conferences organized by the Institute, including the Economic Forum in Krynica Zdrój and the European Congress of Local Governments, experts searched for objective tools to study the financial condition of local governments. The Ranking was created in response to these demands.

Prizes for the winners will be awarded during the 6th European Congress of Local Governments, which will be held in Karpacz on 9-11 December 2020. [link]

Results of the Ranking

Among 1,547 rural communes, the best results were achieved: Dobra (Zachodniopomorskie Voivodeship), while Konstancin-Jeziorna (Mazowieckie Voivodeship) is the leader in the category of 628 urban-rural communes. In Poland there are 235 urban communes, the best results were achieved by Józefów (Mazowieckie Voivodeship). Among 66 cities with county rights, Tychy (Silesian Voivodeship) is the leader.

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