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Domestic fiscal governance database

This database is an analytical tool designed to provide a comprehensive set of information on the main elements of domestic fiscal frameworks across EU Member States, namely numerical fiscal rules, independent institutions and medium term budgetary frameworks (MTBFs).

The information contained in the database was collected by the European Commission in coordination with the Economic Policy Committee through a comprehensive survey on domestic fiscal frameworks in the EU. The questionnaires of this survey were filled in by Member States. Following the April 2009 Council Conclusions, this data base will be annually updated.

The Domestic Fiscal Governance database in brief

  • This database contains information on the main elements of domestic fiscal frameworks. Specifically, the following three datasets are available:
    1. Numerical fiscal rules, which also includes an index measuring the strength and the quality of national rules constructed by the Commission Services.
    2. Independent fiscal institutions.
    3. Medium term budgetary frameworks, which also incorporates an index measuring the quality of the existing MTBFs across EU countries.
  • The database also provides methodological explanations about the indices for fiscal rules and MTBFs as well as the main work done on this issue by the Commission Services (e.g. Public Finance Report in EMU).
  • Likewise, other bibliography and references related to domestic fiscal frameworks can also be found.

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