The functioning of labour markets, and taxation and benefit systems are major aspects of economic policy. Globalisation, the increasing mobility of factors such as capital and goods, ageing populations and the financing of welfare systems, set new challenges for these policies.
DG ECFIN analyses tax and benefit systems from the point of view of how they contribute to economic growth and higher employment, while safeguarding fair social protection. Particular interest is devoted to the issues of making work pay, how to finance welfare states, and how to implement tax and benefits systems that are conducive to growth and employment.
DG ECFIN's analyses and studies on tax and benefit systems cover several important areas, such as:
DG ECFIN's work includes analytical reports and publications as well as notes to the Economic and Financial Committee and the Economic Policy Committee and its various working groups, briefings, speeches and other inputs to DG ECFIN and the Commission's work in general. In particular, the outputs feed into social and fiscal policy debates in the EU and to the assessments and recommendations in various coordination processes such as the Lisbon Strategy for growth and jobs, the Stability and Growth Pact and the Open method of coordination.