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This section presents all the latest information related to the FPB, from the most recent studies, press releases and articles to publication notices, workshops and colloquia.

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2024

  • Consumer Price Index & Inflation forecasts 04/06/2024

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    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.

  • Environmental taxes by economic activity 2008-2022 30/04/2024  - Publications

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    In compliance with European Regulation No 691/2011 this publication by the National Accounts Institute presents the Environmental Taxes by Economic Activity (ETEA) for the period 2008-2022.

  • Economy-Wide Material Flow Accounts 2008-2022 30/04/2024  - Publications

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    In compliance with European Regulation No 691/2011 this publication by the National Accounts Institute presents the Economy-Wide Material Flow Accounts (EW-MFA) for the period 2008-2022.

  • The Gender Pension Gap as an indicator of gender inequality in old age in the EU 25/04/2024  - Publications

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    The Gender Pension Gap (GPG) and the Gender Pension Coverage Gap (GPCG) are indicators of inequality between genders concerning pensions. This report discusses the extent and evolution of the GPG and GPCG in the EU countries. Also, these measures are evaluated as to their quality as indicators of gender inequality in old age, and proposals for possible improvements are made. 

  • Administrative burden in Belgium in 2022 27/02/2024  - Publications

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    This publication presents the quantitative and qualitative results of the survey on administrative burden for enterprises and self-employed persons in Belgium in 2022.

  • Sustainable Development Indicators 2024 20/02/2024  - Publications

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    This report presents 78 indicators and an assessment of their progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the UN in 2015. It provides a detailed overview of Belgium's international position and, for the first time, a breakdown by region and for different population categories such as age, gender or income. Finally, it analyses the evolution of the well-being of Belgians and its sustainability for future generations.

  • Minimum regulations, pension credits and the gender pension gap 30/01/2024  - Publications

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    This report shows that minimum regulations (minimum pensions and the minimumright per career year) and pension credits diminish pension inequality between men and women. If we assume that there are no minimum regulations, the pension gap would be 37% instead of 31%. If we assume that pension credits are not granted, the gap would be 43% instead of 31%. The pension credit part-time work with maintenance of pension rights, one specific type of pension credit, has a limited impact. Without this pension credit, the pension gap would increase with 0.4 percentage points.

2023

  • Columns G and H of the supplementary table on pension schemes in social insurance (Table 29) 22/12/2023  - Publications

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    The supplementary table 29 of the Eurostat transmission program covers the statutory and occupational pension schemes in social insurance in Belgium. The FPB is charged with the compilation of columns G and H, which include accrued-to-date pension entitlements/liabilities in the statutory pension schemes, representing the present discounted value of accrued-to-date future old-age and survivor pensions of current beneficiaries and future beneficiaries who accumulated pension rights up to the valuation date.

  • Study on top wealth taxation 13/11/2023  - Publications

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    The idea of a top wealth tax has regained interest in Belgium, as opposed to the international trend in the last decades. While twelve OECD countries implemented it in 1990, only three still do since 2018. Such a tax raises questions. For the account of the Federal Planning Bureau, the ULB studied a top wealth tax to define its scope and understand the stakes at play.

  • OECD Review of the Belgian Federal Planning Bureau 19/10/2023  - Publications

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    This Review assesses the Federal Planning Bureau (FPB)’s institutional, operational and analytical performance as an independent fiscal institution. The FPB’s responsibilities have been growing and this Review provides insights into how effectively the institution continues to serve the needs of its stakeholders. As part of this, it looks at the Bureau’s performance related to its new mandate to undertake election budgetary costings and impact assessment, carried out for the first time in relation to the 2019 election.

  • Suburbanisation and transport: alternative demographic scenarios for the PLANET model 12/10/2023  - Publications

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    Suburbanisation is a well-established phenomenon in the developments of Western societies. It carries the risk of increasing transport demand, in the periphery and towards urban centres, going against sustainability objectives. This work sheds light on the link between suburbanisation and transport demand. Two demographic development scenarios are considered, framing the reference scenario of the April 2022 Transport Demand Outlook. Their effect on transport demand is analysed.

  • Indicators for monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals - Summary of the societal debate 28/09/2023  - Publications

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    A debate on the indicators for monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals has been organised with experts from the federal public services and with the main advisory councils. The objectives of this debate were to establish a societal consensus on this set of indicators, to improve it and to set priorities among existing indicators to be added and among new indicators to be developed. The results of the debate will be used to adapt the set of indicators over the next 3 years: the majority of indicators will be maintained, some will be removed and others added.

  • Total cost of ownership of car powertrains in Belgium 29/06/2023  - Publications

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    We present a total cost of ownership (TCO) analysis per market segment and powertrain of new cars sold in Belgium. We differentiate our results between cars sold to private households and company cars. Even though the median TCO of electric cars is lower than the median TCO of conventional powertrains in several market segments, there is a significant overlap in the TCOs of different powertrains in each market segment. It is therefore important to consider the whole distribution of the TCO.

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