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On: 2022-03-08

Assessing the fiscal policy impact of the climate transition

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The transition to net zero emissions by 2050 requires substantial efforts from European governments, which is expected to have an enormous impact on the public finances. Without appropriate assessment, the transition could further pose significant fiscal risks.

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On: 2022-02-21

Strengthening the role of national IFIs at EU level

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This note sets out how the enhanced role for national IFIs - including the proposed obligation on the EU institutions to take IFI input into consideration when taking decisions – could be operationalised.

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On: 2022-02-21

Minimum Standards and Strengthening the Mandates of national IFIs

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This note sets out more detailed proposals regarding minimum standards and mandates. Raising the minimum standards would be required to ensure that all institutions can deliver the proposed extension of the minimum mandates, particularly with respect to the resources of IFIs and their access to information.

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On: 2022-01-31

European Fiscal Monitor: January 2022

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European Fiscal Monitor

As the EU enters the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the future macroeconomic outlook remains unusually uncertain due to the emergence of new variants. A strong economic recovery was reported in 2021 (5% on average), which is expected to continue in 2022 but at a slightly slower pace (4% on average). The fiscal stance in most countries remained very supportive throughout 2021, as governments continued with large-scale measures to support the economy. In the 25 countries covered by this European Fiscal Monitor (EFM), policy measures cost on average about 5% of GDP in 2020 and 4% of GDP in 2021.

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On: 2022-01-02

Testing output gaps: An Independent Fiscal Institutions’ guide

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Output gaps continue to play a major role among Independent Fiscal Institutions (IFIs) for assessing the appropriate fiscal stance, underlying or structural deficits and when monitoring fiscal rules. IFIs should therefore expand and improve upon existing models, testing different approaches and incorporating them into the analysis of potential output and the output gap.

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On: 2021-09-24

EU Fiscal and Economic Governance Review: Contribution from the Network of Independent EU Fiscal Institutions

Position papers

The European Commission is currently undertaking a review of the EU economic governance framework, and is seeking the views of the EU IFIs. National IFIs have substantial experience and expertise in monitoring fiscal policy in EU countries and in the application of the EU fiscal rules. This paper draws on those experiences as a contribution to the wider debate.

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On: 2021-06-01

EFM June 2021

European Fiscal Monitor
European Fiscal Monitor

As vaccines are rolled out and restrictions relaxed, European economies are recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, most recent projections for 2021 are less optimistic than earlier estimates, given the further intense disruption caused by Covid-19 early this year. Both the projected real GDP growth and public balances were revised downwards by on average 1 percentage point.

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On: 2021-03-01

EFM March 2021

European Fiscal Monitor
European Fiscal Monitor

Twelve months after the start of the first Covid-19 lockdowns, European economies remain severely affected. This EFM gives an overview of the activities of 32 IFIs, and fiscal measures adopted in 26 EU member states and the UK. The monitor is based on a survey among EU IFIs conducted in January and February 2021, and is largely based on information in autumn 2020 government budgets.

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On: 2021-02-26

The public debt outlook in the EMU post Covid: A key challenge for the

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This paper takes stock of the emerging public finance landscape in the (post-)crisis environment. It explores 10-year scenarios for economic growth and public finances in several EU countries, and discusses their implications for fiscal sustainability

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On: 2021-02-26

How to strengthen fiscal surveillance towards a medium-term focus?

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This paper will assess the characteristics and pre-conditions of the effective medium-term frameworks in the EU, drawing from national experiences. This contribution is particularly relevant in the context of the Recovery and Resilience Facility since its implementation is expected to result in a significant increase in investment projects over the next three years

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On: 2020-09-01

EFM September 2020

European Fiscal Monitor
European Fiscal Monitor

This issue of the European Fiscal Monitor gives an overview of the activities of EU IFIs and fiscal measures adopted in the 24 EU member states and the UK up to September 2020.

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On: 2020-06-01

EFM June 2020

European Fiscal Monitor
European Fiscal Monitor

Read the Special edition of Fiscal Monitor when facing Covid-19.

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On: 2020-03-01

EFM March 2020

European Fiscal Monitor
European Fiscal Monitor

Read the Special edition of Fiscal Monitor when facing Covid-19.

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On: 2019-01-11

Statement on Reinforcing and Protecting IFIs

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The member institutions of the Network of EU IFIs share the view that it is time to ensure that the role of IFIs is further strengthened within the EU and national fiscal frameworks, and the Network proposes EU action to reinforce and protect IFIs.

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On: 2018-05-31

Statement on Medium-Term Budgetary Frameworks

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The Network of EU Independent Fiscal Institutions (EU IFIs) endorsed the Report "Medium-term budgetary frameworks: A contribution on definitions and identification of good practices" in its meeting held in Rome on the 4th of May 2018.

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On: 2018-05-04

Report on Medium-Term Budgetary Frameworks

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The Network of EU Independent Fiscal Institutions (EU IFIs) endorsed this Report at its meeting held in Rome on the 4th of May 2018.

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On: 2018-03-13

Response from the Danish government

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In reply to the statement by the network of EU Independent Fiscal Institutions on the recent developments concerning the Danish Economic Council the Ministry for Economic Affairs and the Interior can confirm that the Danish Government has decided that the secretariat which serves the Danish Economic Councils should be relocated to Horsens.

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On: 2018-02-27

Statement on the Danish Economic Council

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In a statement, the Network of EU IFIs expresses deep concerns about the recent news on the Danish government’s decision to relocate the Danish Economic Council away from the Copenhagen area.

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On: 2018-02-07

Proposed EU Directive is a right step towards stronger national oversight

Position papers

In a statement responding to the EU Commission’s proposal for a Council Directive implementing the Fiscal Compact into EU law, the Network of EU Independent Fiscal Institutions (IFIs) welcomed the proposal as a right step forward towards the consolidation of national IFIs as key institutions to promote responsible fiscal policies at the national level.

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On: 2016-11-18

Official Letter EC

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The Network of EU IFIs met in Paris on 2 November. Let me convey the views of its members on the outcome of the appointment process of the members of the European Fiscal Board (EFB).

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On: 2016-04-01

Strengthening Medium-Term Budgetary Frameworks

Position papers

The Network of EUIFIs held a 1-day workshop on medium-term budgetary frameworks in the EU member states - current practices in the EU, consequences for IFIs and considerations how to improve them further Subsequently, the Network prepared the following paper summarizing its position.

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On: 2016-02-01

Defining and Enforcing Minimum Standards for Independent Fiscal Institutions

Position papers

One of the most salient novelties of the recent reforms of the EU fiscal framework has been the decision to promote the establishment of Independent Fiscal Institutions (IFIs). As stated in the Network of EU Independent Fiscal Institutions position paper of 5 November 2015, in order for the EU fiscal framework to function effectively, it is highly desirable to ensure that the IFIs are strong enough to fulfill their functions.

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On: 2015-09-11

Agreement of EU Independent Fiscal Institutions

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On 11 September 2015, representatives of independent fiscal institutions operating in the EU agreed on the establishment of the Network of EU Independent Fiscal Institutions

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On: 2015-09-05

Position Paper on Initiatives to Strengthen the EU Fiscal Framework

Position papers

The Network of EU Independent Fiscal Institutions (IFIs) has examined the report on Completing Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union (henceforth referred to as the Five Presidents’ Report), the October Commission package to begin the implementation of the plans to deepen the EMU, in particular the Commission Decision establishing an independent advisory European Fiscal Board (EFB), and reflected on these initiatives to work towards an integrated framework for sound fiscal policies. See the full text of the position paper for more information.

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