The Federal Planning Bureau (FPB) is an independent public agency. It draws up studies and projections on economic, social and environmental policy issues and on the integration of these policies within a context of sustainable development.
Patrick Vandenhove is responsible for the budget, accounting and procurement at the Federal Planning Bureau. He holds a master’s degree in applied economics from KU Leuven. He started to work at the Federal Planning Bureau in November 1991 where he was first responsible for statistics management. After this, he carried out research in foreign investments and relocation.
In 2004, he was appointed Budget and Management Advisor and made responsible for procurement and the management of the building.
Network industries are industries whose activity involves conveying people, products or information from one place to the other via some kind of physical network. They include transport networks, information networks and utility networks. Network industries basically consist of three types of activity: upstream activities involving the production of core products such as equipment and means of transport; infrastructure activities involving the construction, maintenance and operation of the physical network; downstream activities involving the delivery of network services to final consumers. Network industries have specific characteristics from an economic point of view. Three of these are particularly notable, the last one also from a social perspective.