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.
Public finance economists from the public sector
Session I – expenditure consolidation strategies: spending reviews
Session II – crisis, consolidation and fiscal decentralisation: is there a trade-off?
Session III – expenditure consolidation strategies: growth and equity-friendly composition of expenditure