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Number of employees of regions and municipalities

Number of employees of local governments and municipalities was 187 450 as of end of the year 2017.

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Municipality Expenditures

EUR mil. Per capita Per working person Annual change
Labour Costs (including contributions) 1 209,2 223 511 7,0%
Goods and Services 948,5 175 401 4,4%
Transfers 360,3 66 152 5,3%
Capital Expenditures and Transfers 860,2 159 364 12,4%
Interest Payments 25,8 5 11 -20,5%
Financial Operations, Debt Repayment 138,7 26 59 -15,8%
Total Expenditures of Municipalities 3 542,6 654 1 497 5,9%

Table description

Municipalities represent the first and closest contact of citizen with the state. Their competence (abilities to decide and manage) and roles significantly expanded in the years 2002-2004 during the decentralization of state power. Their spending is dominated by the cost of wages, due to the high number of representatives (more than 20,000 representatives at nearly 3,000 municipalities).