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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

  • New evaluation of public support to research and development in Belgium 22/11/2022  - Publications

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    A new evaluation of public support to R&D in Belgium shows that regional subsidies and the federal partial exemption from payment of the withholding tax for researchers may have helped to increase R&D expenditure in Belgium. The results are less positive for some benefits granted by the federal government through corporate income taxation. As these tax benefits account for the lion's share of the rapidly increasing budgetary costs of public support for R&D, the efficiency of public support could be increased.

  • Consumer Price Index & Inflation forecasts 08/11/2022

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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.

  • Only eight years left to realise the SDGs - Federal Report on Sustainable Development 2022 18/10/2022  - Publications

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    There are only eight years left to realise the 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. The report presents an analysis of the Federal Plan on Sustainable Development adopted in 2021. It provides a detailed overview of Belgium's current international position and the differences between women and men. Finally, it presents approaches for integrating quantitative elements into sustainable development scenarios.

  • Ex ante evaluation of the reform of company car taxation in Belgium 12/10/2022  - Publications

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    In Belgium, the Law on Fiscal and Social Greening of Mobility of 25 November 2021 eliminates corporate tax deductibility for all company cars except those with zero CO2 emissions.  The main effect of the tax reform is an accelerated electrification of the company car fleet and an accelerated decline in CO2 emissions. Compared to the no-reform scenario, the reform leads to an increase in net tax revenues of about 1 billion euro on an annual basis. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

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