Local budgets made more transparent
The Ministry of Finance issued a service specification guideline for local governments to properly publicize their annual fiscal budgets. According to the document, local governments must include details in their publicized fiscal budgets so that the public will be able to supervise them. Within 20 days after getting approval from local people’s congresses, the legislature, the local governments must publicize the information and they are encouraged to release the information ahead of the deadline. From 2017, they must establish unified platforms and publicize their fiscal budgets on such platforms to facilitate checking by the public and invite public supervision.