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The Federal Planning Bureau (FPB) is a public agency. The FPB makes studies and projections on economic, social and environmental policy issues and on their integration within the context of sustainable development. For that purpose, the FPB collects and analyses data, explores plausible evolutions, identifies alternatives, evaluates the impact of policy measures and formulates proposals. Government, parliament, social partners and national and international institutions appeal to the FPB's scientific expertise. The FPB provides a large diffusion of its activities. The public is informed of the results of its research activities, which contributes to the democratic debate.


  • Consumer Price Index & Inflation forecasts (05/09/2014)

    Monthly evolution of the consumer price index and of the so-called health index, which is used for the price indexation of wages, social benefits and house-rent.

  • Job Opportunities (22/07/2014)

    In light of its new missions assigned by the federal government, the Federal Planning Bureau is recruiting several economists in the fields of social security, public finance, labour market, environment and structural policy, as well as an IT engineer.

  • A new Commissioner of the Federal Planning Bureau : Philippe Donnay (26/05/2014)

    Philippe Donnay began his career in 1999 as macroeconomist with Bank Degroof. From 2004 to 2006, he was Director of the Centre d’études politiques, économiques et sociales (Cepess) and economic, financial and budget advisor to the president of the CDH.

    After a spell as chief economist with the FEB from 2006 to 2007, he was appointed deputy principal private secretary early 2008 and later principal private secretary (general policy cell) to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Employment and Equal Opportunities, Joëlle Milquet. At the end of 2011, he was appointed principal private secretary of her general policy cell and strategic cell for home affairs.

    On 1 May 2014, Philippe Donnay was appointed Commissioner of the Federal Planning Bureau.

  • CMTEA Workshop “Revival of the medium-term outlook in times of crisis” (01/02/2013)

    In the recent past, medium-term projections were given less attention than short-term analyses. However, things appear to have evolved and mid-term prospects seem to be enjoying a renewed interest. Since the outbreak of the financial crisis, many countries have been confronted with large imbalances in terms of high unemployment, unused production capacities or financial deficits. In the longer term, demographic changes, including population ageing, are likely to cause massive changes in the composition of GDP. Addressing these various challenges can only be considered in the context of medium- and long-term scenarios.

  • Economic Outlook 2012-2017 : a scenario of moderate recovery for Belgium against the background of the European crisis  (14/05/2012)

    The Federal Planning Bureau presents its latest medium-term outlook (2012-2017) on 14 May 2012. The Economic Outlook 2012-2017 for Belgium is set against the background of budgetary consolidation and weak economic growth in Europe.

  • Website on sustainable development indicators (19/04/2012) presents a set of indicators on the progress of Belgian society towards a sustainable development. The set contains 78 indicators that provide information on various social, environmental and economic issues. The set of indicators results from more than a decade of federal reporting on sustainable development. The site was developed by the Task Force on Sustainable Development of the Federal Planning Bureau, with funding from Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Union. The information of the site is available in French and Dutch.

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Consumer price index & Inflation forecasts

Monthly evolution of the consumer price index and of the so-called health index, which is used for the price indexation of wages, social benefits and house-rent.

  • Monitoring of the Federal government's economic stimulus strategy - Progress report (22/07/2014)

    The present document is the fourth biannual progress report in which the Federal Planning Bureau (FPB) gives an account of the monitoring of the economic stimulus strategy announced by the Federal government in the summer of 2012. This progress report gives an overview of the measures to follow up and reviews the progress of their implementation (situation on June 30, 2014).

  • A new version of MODTRIM II - An overview of the model for short-term forecasts (11/07/2014)

    This working paper describes the new version of MODTRIM II, the FPB’s quarterly macroeconomic model for short-term forecasting. The short-term forecasts are published three times a year and are referred to as the “economic budget”, as they are used by the federal government to set up its budget and to perform budgetary control exercises. The objective of this working paper is not to provide a complete description of the model, but to focus on the specification and estimation results of the behavioural equations.

  • Short Term Update 02-14 : Special Topic - Is medical technology a main driver of increasing health care expenditures? (03/07/2014)

    Short Term Update (STU) is the quarterly newsletter of the Belgian Federal Planning Bureau. It contains, in English, the main conclusions from the publications of the FPB, as well as information on new publications,  together with an analysis of the most recent economic indicators.

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