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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 (01/04/2014)

    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.

  • 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.

  • Population Projections 2010-2060 (19/12/2011)

    In close cooperation with the Directorate-General of Statistics and Economic Information (DGSEI), the Federal Planning Bureau produces long-term population projections on a regular basis. First, demographic data from the National Register are consolidated by the DGSEI. Subsequently, based on those statistics for the years 2007, 2008 and 2009 which lead the observed population on 1 January 2010, the Federal Planning Bureau established new population projections. The latter replace the population projections 2007-2010 available on the websites of both institutions up to that moment. Since their completion in April 2011, the new population projections are employed in the FPB’s various economic projection activities and were as such integrated in the preparatory activities to the government formation.

    More than before, the continuous increase in life expectancy and, especially, the recovery of the fertility rate among Belgian women - in particular in the Brussels and Flemish Regions - and the increased international immigration over the past years contribute to the future population growth. In 2060, the population in Belgium and in the Brussels Region (equaling 10.839.855 and 1.089.568 persons, respectively, on 1 January 2010) should amount to 13.515.000 and 1.475.200 persons, respectively. In addition, the population should be younger than anticipated before, yet the old age dependency ratio for Belgium should still increase considerably from 26 elderly persons per 100 active persons in 2010 to 42 in 2060 (compared to 45 in the previous projection).

  • EUKLEMS Database (24/11/2011)

    A better understanding of productivity evolution requires a specially adapted statistical tool that allows an industry-based analysis of the fundamental trends of the economy. Therefore, the Federal Planning Bureau is working with other European institutions on a project, financed by the European Union’s sixth framework programme for research, to develop the EUKLEMS database.

    The database EUKLEMS contains the variables for analysing the evolution of productivity at the industry-level from 1970 to 2007, for all European countries, Australia, Japan, Korea and the US. The last release of the database was realised in November 2009, for 32 industries. The available variables concern production, value added, intermediary consumption, employment and the skill level of the labour force, capital with a distinction between capital linked to information and communication technologies (ICT) or not. The growth contributions of both the different production factors and total factor productivity are also available. An update was carried out in March 2011; it provides a 72-industry breakdown of variables published in November 2009, for most countries.

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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.

Economic forecasts

This section provides economic forecasts from various institutions (the European Commission, the Federal Planning Bureau, the OECD, etc.) for Belgium and the euro area. The overview tables are updated four times a year and comprise GDP growth, inflation, and general government net lending.

  • Blackouts in Belgium in figures : a quantitative assessment of power failures (13/03/2014)

    Privatization, internal market, interconnections, greenhouse gas emission reductions, renewable energy targets… is it possible to reconcile these themes? And if so, will our lights stay on? This is a major concern of a number of players in the energy field, especially the Secretary of State for Energy since he is responsible for guaranteeing the security of supply. In times of increased electricity production by variable energy sources and of distorted investment signals, guaranteeing security of supply is not evident, since the absence of investments in sufficient reserve capacity and – worst case scenario – inadequacy of generation capacity may lead to soaring societal costs. This Working Paper focuses on the specific event that, in spite of all initiatives and mechanisms in place, things go wrong: a national black-out paralyzing the entire Belgian economy for 1 hour and its price tag are analysed.

  • Household expenditure on transport (26/02/2014)

    This working paper describes main evolutions in household expenditure for transport in Belgium. Results are based on data from national accounts (National Accounts Institute, Eurostat) as well as data from Household budget surveys (Statistics Belgium).

  • Monitoring of the Federal government's economic stimulus strategy - Progress report (21/02/2014)

    The present document is the third 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 January 31, 2014). In addition, the report attempts to provide an analysis of those measures.

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