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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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2022

  • Learning Losses: the hidden cost of the Covid-19 pandemic 07/06/2022  - Publications

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    Education is crucial for the development of society. It is also a key element for our economy. This article examines the educational level of pupils in Belgium. While it had already been falling in recent years, this level has fallen further following the Covid-19 pandemic. Without catching up, the long-term economic cost of this decline in educational attainment would be considerable.

  • Consumer Price Index & Inflation forecasts 03/06/2022

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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.

  • Multinational groups in Belgium – Structure and economic activity 31/05/2022  - Publications

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    A macro-economic analysis of the activity of multinational groups is of particular interest for economic policy in a country like Belgium with a longstanding tradition of openness to foreign investment. This working paper combines a database of enterprise groups that are active in Belgium with industry-level data from the national accounts to show that multinational groups play an important role in the Belgian economy. Together, foreign affiliates and firms that are part of a Belgian multinational group account for more than 40% of GDP, 25% of total employment and 75% of exports.

  • Primary work incapacity and disability of employees in Belgium: which explanatory factors? An analysis based on EU-SILC data 10/05/2022  - Publications

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    In the context of the significant increase in the number of beneficiaries of the health and disability insurance observed over the last 20 years in Belgium, we seek to develop an explanatory model for work incapacity and disability. On the basis of SILC data, we attempt to identify and prioritise the effects of different factors that may influence the probability of employees' transitions between socio-economic statutes, and in particular to and from primary incapacity and disability.

  • Sustainable development indicators, 2022 02/02/2022  - Publications

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    This publication is the new version of the report on indicators complementary to GDP, published annually from 2016 to 2021. This renewed report on sustainable development indicators presents a larger number of indicators, covering the period from 1990 to 2020, depending on the availability of the data. In addition, it includes a review of the progress of these indicators towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the UN in 2015. It proposes a specific analysis of the well-being of the population 'Here and now' for Belgium in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic and presents the four composite indicators to measure the sustainability of well-being (dimension 'Later'). This set will be completed in the forthcoming updates by composite indicators for the third and last dimension of sustainable development 'Elsewhere'.

2021

  • Environmental Goods and Services Sector Accounts 2014-2019 20/12/2021  - Publications

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    European Regulation No 691/2011 obliges the member states of the European Union to deliver six environmental economic accounts as of 2017. In this publication the National Accounts Institute presents the EGSS for the years 2014-2019.

  • Environmental Protection Expenditure Accounts 2014-2019 20/12/2021  - Publications

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    European Regulation No 691/2011 obliges the member states of the European Union to deliver six environmental economic accounts as of 2017. In this publication the National Accounts Institute presents the EPEA for the years 2014-2019.

  • Economy-Wide Material Flow Accounts 2008-2019 20/12/2021  - Publications

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    European Regulation No 691/2011 obliges the member states of the European Union to deliver six environmental economic accounts as of 2017. In this publication the National Accounts Institute presents the EW-MFA for the period 2008-2019.

  • Bon vent: setting sail for a climate neutral Belgian energy system – Future Belgian offshore wind unravelled 18/10/2021  - Publications

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    This paper examines what role offshore wind can play in helping Belgium achieve climate neutrality by 2050. The Belgian Exclusive Economic Zone is limited and its exploitation for energy purposes cannot be extended indefinitely. Therefore, this paper looks at the development of joint hybrid offshore wind projects that both provide renewable energy capacity and can serve as interconnectors linking different countries. Two scenarios are defined and studied. They differ in the level of ambition for these hybrid hubs and the necessary electricity supply for a de-fossilised Belgian economy.

  • Net capital stock 20/09/2021  - Publications

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    Capital stock, available in the national accounts, provides information on the value at a given time of the assets accumulated in the economy. It is composed of different fixed assets and comes from the investment made by the different economic agents. 

  • Trend break needed to achieve all SDGs by 2030 15/07/2021  - Publications

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    What progress has Belgium made towards sustainable development? The assessment of 51 indicators for monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN shows that on current trends, few SDGs will be achieved by 2030. New policies will therefore be needed to achieve all these goals. These conclusions remain unchanged from those drawn in the ten assessments conducted since 2005.

  • Automated cars: utopia or dystopia? 12/07/2021  - Publications

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    While automated car driving may bring important benefits in terms of traffic safety, we should not be blind to other effects: full automation is likely to lead to increases in car traffic, mostly for transport that is not related to commuting. This is likely lead to further reductions in road speed in the areas that already suffer the most from the congestion.

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