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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.


  • La croissance de l’économie belge fléchirait quelque peu, de 1,4% en 2016 à 1,2% en 2017 (08/09/2016)

    Conformément à la loi du 21 décembre 1994, l’Institut des comptes nationaux a communiqué les chiffres du budget économique au ministre de l’Économie. Ces prévisions macroéconomiques sont réalisées dans le cadre de la préparation du budget fédéral pour l'année 2017.

  • Consumer Price Index & Inflation forecasts (06/09/2016)

    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.

  • Offres d'emploi (25/07/2016)

    Le Bureau fédéral du Plan recrute 5 experts dans les domaines de l’économie des transports, de l'économie de l'environnement et de l’informatique.

  • Comité d’Etude sur le Vieillissement - Rapport annuel (13/07/2016)

    Le Comité d’étude sur le vieillissement (CEV) a été créé dans le cadre de la loi du 5 septembre 2001 portant garantie d’une réduction continue de la dette publique et création d’un Fonds de vieillissement. Le rapport annuel du CEV étudie les conséquences budgétaires ainsi que la soutenabilité sociale du vieillissement à long terme.

  • Perspectives économiques régionales 2016-2021 (08/07/2016)

    Le Bureau fédéral du Plan (BFP), l’Institut Bruxellois de Statistique et d’Analyse (IBSA), le Studiedienst van de Vlaamse Regering (SVR) et l'Institut wallon de l’évaluation, de la prospective et de la statistique (IWEPS) présentent, ce 8 juillet 2016, les résultats des nouvelles perspectives économiques régionales 2016-2021.

  • Recrutement d’un expert (H/F) spécialisé en économie de l’environnement dans le cadre d’un contrat à durée indéterminée (04/07/2016)

    Dans le cadre de ses activités en matière de comptes économiques de l’environnement, le Bureau fédéral du Plan recrute un expert pour un contrat à durée indéterminée. Il/elle sera chargé des tâches suivantes :

    • Élaborer et mettre à jour les comptes économiques de l’environnement pour la Belgique ;
    • Réaliser des analyses à partir de ces comptes ;
    • Rédiger des rapports sur les travaux menés.

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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. (Last update : 06/09/2016)


To evaluate the current state of the Belgian economy, the FPB regularly updates a series of indicators. The indicators concern the macro-economic stance of the economies of Belgium, its three neighbouring countries and the euro area, as well as the transport industry.(Last update : 23/09/2016)

  • Measuring social protection for older people with long-term care needs in Belgium. A report on the completion of an OECD data collection questionnaire  (01/09/2016)

    Social protection for the costs of long‐term care (LTC) varies widely between countries, and to date there has been no systematic comparison of the experiences of people with LTC needs in different countries. In response to this information gap, the OECD and the European Commission (EC) have established a project to make quantitative comparisons of social protection for LTC in OECD and EU countries, using the typical cases approach. Social protection encompasses both cash benefits, conditional on long‐term care needs, and long‐term care services offered at no or subsidized cost to the user. A data collection questionnaire has been distributed. This report describes how the data for Belgium have been collected. The following schemes are taken into account: the allowance for the assistance of the elderly; the allowances for incontinence and for the chronically ill; the Flemish care insurance; the sickness and invalidity insurance for home nursing care and care in institutions; home care (not nursing care), regulated and subsidized by regional governments; and service vouchers. The data refer to the year 2015.

  • Regionale economische vooruitzichten 2016-2021 (08/07/2016)

    Dit rapport presenteert de resultaten van de regionalisering van de nationale economische vooruitzichten van het Federaal Planbureau voor de periode 2016-2021. Net als de vorige rapporten, is dit rapport het resultaat van een samenwerking tussen het Federaal Planbureau en de studiediensten van de drie Belgische gewesten (BISA, IWEPS en SVR). In dat kader kan het multiregionaal en multisectoraal HERMREG-model in de categorie macro-econometrische modellen van het top-downtype worden gerangschikt. HERMREG stemt volledig overeen met het nationale HERMES-model van het Federaal Planbureau. Dat betekent dat de nationale middellangetermijnvooruitzichten van HERMES opgesplitst worden op het niveau van de beschouwde entiteiten op basis van endogene regionale verdeelsleutels.

  • Analyses of the interregional input-output table for the year 2010 (29/04/2016)

    This working paper presents two analytical applications based on the interregional input-output (IO) table for Belgium for the year 2010. The Federal Planning Bureau constructed this table in 2015 in cooperation with the statistical authorities of the country’s three Regions (IBSA, SVR and IWEPS). The following standard IO analyses based on applying the Leontief model to the interregional IO table are presented here: the derivation of multipliers for each region and the estimation of regional value added and regional employment generated by domestic final demand and exports.

  • Improving the Stability and Growth Pact by integrating a proper accounting of public investments: a new attempt (21/01/2016)

    Improving the functioning of the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP) is back on the agenda, especially as the decline in public investment resulting from fiscal adjustment processes implemented according to the current Pact rules is seen as a brake on future economic growth. When discussions about a Pact revision in 2005 were under way, several major authors (for instance: Blanchard and Giavazzi in CEPR February 2004) suggested reverting to a golden rule under which the deficit would exclude investment expenditure, net of amortization. The Pact was revised in 2005 but this proposal was not adopted. This paper presents a new attempt to integrate a proper accounting of investment into the Pact by modifying the formula of the MTO (Medium Term Objective for the budget balance), without losing the other dimensions of the present formula: the partial provisioning of the so-called cost of ageing and the accelerated debt reduction for highly indebted countries. In this way, the public investment programme becomes a centrepiece of the structural policy of a government and not the first instrument of a cyclical policy.

  • The relationship between unemployment duration and education - The case of school leavers in Belgium (05/01/2016)

    In this study, we investigate the exit rates from unemployment associated with different levels of education in Belgium during two periods characterised respectively by high (2002-2007) and low economic growth (2009-2014). Our estimated exit probabilities confirm that the chances of leaving unemployment are substantially higher for young unemployed who have followed post-secondary education. Moreover, the probabilities of leaving unemployment for low- and medium-skilled school leavers considerably deteriorated between the two periods. On the one hand, the penalty associated with lower education slightly increased while, on the other hand, the advantage associated with postgraduate tertiary education reinforced itself. Finally, our results show considerable heterogeneity according to region of residence and gender.

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