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11/02/2014 : Eighth meeting of the Network of public finance economists in public administration

In 2007 the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN) set up a network of public finance economists working in public administrations. The main aim of the network is to facilitate an exchange of views amongst practitioners on policy relevant issues and thereby deepen the analysis in the area of public finances. The network works through holding annual meetings organised by DG ECFIN, where participants present their work and their views not constrained by official positions. The targeted participants are staff working on budget planning and analysis in the national administrations and central banks.

On 11 February 2014 DG ECFIN organised the eight meeting of the Network of public finance economists in public administration. The meeting was devoted to public expenditure consolidation strategies, specifically, how they can be successfully implemented while catering for growth and equity concerns. The aim was to find best practices, which could feed into policy advice in the future. Additionally, but with a link on the same expenditure theme, participants discussed fiscal decentralization.

Target audience

Public finance economists from the public sector

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Session I – expenditure consolidation strategies: spending reviews

1. Spending reviews in the EU: methodologies and objectivespdf(251 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

  • Pierre Gaudillat (European Commission, DG ECFIN)

2. Spending Review in Italypdf(53 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

  • Chiara Goretti (Ministry of the Economy and Finance, Italy)

3. Spending Review in the Netherlandspdf(4 MB) Choose translations of the previous link 

  •  Tjeerd Tim (Ministry of Finance, the Netherlands) and Wim Suyker (Bureau for Economic Policy Analyses – CPB)

4. Spending Review in the UKpdf(198 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

  •  Richard Curtis (HM Treasury, United Kingdom)

Session II – crisis, consolidation and fiscal decentralisation: is there a trade-off?

1. Fiscal Consolidation and Fiscal Decentralisation in Spain during the Crisis and Beyondpdf(785 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

  • Javier J. Pérez (Bank of Spain)

2. Federalist aspects of consolidation strategies in Germanypdf(2 MB) Choose translations of the previous link 

  • Jürgen Schneider (Federal Ministry of Finance, Germany)

3. Decentralisation and fiscal coordination between levels of governments: the Belgian experience in perspectivepdf(89 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

  • Reginald Savage and Delphine Didderen (Ministry of Finance, Belgium)

Session III – expenditure consolidation strategies: growth and equity-friendly composition of expenditure

1. Fiscal consolidation: the Greek casepdf(353 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

  • Dionysios Lalountas (Ministry of Finance, Greece)

2. Expenditure consolidation strategy in Romaniapdf(449 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

  • Ion Ghizdeanu and Dana Tapu (Ministry of Public Finance and National Commission for Prognosis, Romania)

3. Fiscal consolidation in Sloveniapdf(663 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

  • Saša Jazbec (Ministry of Finance, Slovenia)

4. Latvia's Experience with Fiscal Adjustmentpdf(442 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

  • Baiba Traidase (Bank of Latvia)

 

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