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Coordination arrangements across government sub-sectors in EU Member States

Georges Tournemire

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Coordination arrangements should ensure that fiscal policy is conducted in a consistent manner across the various public entities and sub-sectors of general government. This dimension has gained in relevance as recent fiscal governance reforms in the European Union have put a premium on sound coordination. Using information from the Commission Fiscal Governance database, the note identifies hard and soft coordination instruments and discusses their respective design and merits. Overall, it is found that subnational government is being equipped with specific fiscal rules in a growing number of Member States. Soft coordination mechanisms for their part are becoming more structured and results-oriented with in particular improved monitoring procedures. The note finally suggests a number of avenues to improve existing coordination mechanisms to integrate further domestic budgetary timelines and ensure a genuine involvement of subnational government within the annual budget cycle.

(European Economy. Economic Papers. 517. June 2014. Brussels. PDF. 48pp. Tab. Graph. Ann. Bibliogr. Free.)

KC-AI-14-517-EN-N (online)KC-AI-14-517-EN-C (print)
ISBN 978-92-79-35166-2 (online)ISBN 978-92-79-36012-1 (print)
doi:10.2765/70013 (online)doi:10.2765/77486 (print)

JEL classification: E02; E61; E62; E63; H77

Economic Papers are written by the staff of the Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs, or by experts working in association with them. The Papers are intended to increase awareness of the technical work being done by staff and to seek comments and suggestions for further analysis. The views expressed are the author’s alone and do not necessarily correspond to those of the European Commission.

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