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Perspectives économiques régionales à l’horizon 2024 : Une croissance économique modérée dans les trois régions et des taux de chômage historiquement bas
Regionale economische vooruitzichten tot 2024: Gematigde economische groei in de drie gewesten en historisch lage werkloosheidsgraden ( 12/07/2019 )
Perspectives économiques régionales 2018-2023 - Ralentissement de la croissance économique à moyen terme et baisse importante du taux de chômage dans les trois régions
Regionale economische vooruitzichten 2018-2023 - Vertraging van de economische groei op middellange termijn en aanzienlijke daling van de werkloosheidsgraad in de drie gewesten ( 17/07/2018 )
Perspectives à cinq ans pour l'économie belge : ralentissement de la croissance économique, taux de chômage au plus bas et pas de retour à l'équilibre budgétaire sans nouvelles mesures
Vooruitzichten voor de Belgische economie tijdens de volgende vijf jaar: vertraging van de economische groei, zeer lage werkloosheidsgraad en geen begrotingsevenwicht zonder nieuwe maatregelen ( 20/06/2018 )
Economic growth in the euro area was surprisingly high (2.5%) last year and is expected to remain solid (2.2%) in 2018. Against this backdrop, the growth forecasts for the Belgian economy in 2018 have been revised slightly upwards to 1.8%, compared to our September release. This favourable development leads to a rise in employment by 57000 people. This year, inflation is expected to cool down somewhat to 1.7% as a result of both the appreciation of the euro and the significant decrease in electricity prices in Flanders. In accordance with the Act of 21 December 1994, the National Accounts Institute (NAI) has transmitted the figures of the economic budget to the Minister for Economy. These macro-economic forecasts will serve as a basis for the 2018 budget review.
The euro area economy keeps growing steadily, at 2.1 % this year and 1.8 % next year, according to estimates. Compared to the June forecasts, these figures have been revised upwards. The forecasts for the Belgian economy have also improved, albeit to a lesser extent. Employment is expected to rise by 104 000 people over these two years, while inflation should cool down considerably in 2018.
In accordance with the act of 21 December 1994, the National Accounts Institute (NAI) has transmitted the figures of the economic budget to the Minister for Economy. These macroeconomic forecasts will serve as a basis for the 2018 budget review.
The forecasts for the Belgian economy are characterised by modest growth, steady job creation and persistent public deficits ( 20/06/2017 )
The Federal Planning Bureau’s Economic Outlook makes it possible to outline a future ‘at unchanged policy’ of the Belgian economy for the next five years. The 2017-2022 Outlook takes into account a modest economic recovery in the euro area and is characterised by economic policy measures at the Belgian level that lead to more labour-intensive growth.
European economic activity has so far proved to be more robust than expected in the wake of the Brexit referendum. The growth forecasts for the Belgian economy in 2017 have hence been revised upwards to 1.6 %. The same growth rate is expected in 2018. In both years, private consumption and business investment in particular should support economic growth. Net employment should rise by 105 000 people over these two years, while inflation should cool down in 2018. In accordance with the Law of 21 December 1994, the National Accounts Institute (NAI) has transmitted the figures of the economic budget to the Minister for Economy. These macroeconomic forecasts will serve as a basis for the 2018 budget review.
Compared to the forecasts of last September, the growth of the European economy for 2017 is revised slightly upwards. Against this backdrop, Belgian GDP growth for 2017 is raised from 1.2 % to 1.4 %. Moreover, Belgian growth in 2016 and 2017 seems to be more labour intensive than expected. Higher oil prices would push inflation just above 2% in 2017
In accordance with the law of 21 December 1994, the National Accounts Institute (NAI) has communicated the data of the economic budget to the Minister of Economy. These macroeconomic forecasts are part of the preparation of the federal budget for 2017.
Around 1.5% growth for the Belgian economy over the period 2017 to 2021, sustained job creation but limited reduction in the public deficit ( 21/06/2016 )
According to our “Economic Outlook for 2016-2021” , Belgian economic growth is expected to rise from 1.2% in 2016 to 1.5% per year on average over the period of 2017 to 2021. Employment is assumed to increase at a sustained pace (creation of more than 38 000 jobs per year on average over the 2016-2021 period). The fiscal deficit is forecast to increase from 2.5% of GDP in 2015 to 2.8% in 2016, to decline to 2.2% of GDP in 2017 and subsequently to remain almost stable. The economic weight of general government, in particular with regard to employment, should be declining.