Marc De Vos notes that, ten years after the Generation Pact, the switch towards different and longer careers has still not been turned. However, many the current government manifestos contain many pieces of the puzzle. Let’s make that puzzle together and stop the early retirement pantomime.
Itinera advocates global approach to migration and integration in its book ‘Klokslag twaalf’
In this new publication, Bilal Benyaich and a number of Belgian and international thinkers and doers offer an open reflection on some important dimensions of the migration and integration issue. With this book, Itinera makes a case for a holistic approach to this topic. More info at our bookstore
An intelligent tax shift is a means to an end, not an end in itself.
Itinera insists that the debate on tax revenue must start with the goals. We will not escape the need to do more with less: more focus, quality, and effectiveness. An intelligent tax shift can be help and can already generate funds during this government.
The situation in our country shows the urgency of a tax shift away from taxes on labour. We observe that despite all the recommendations of other instances, also this government doesn’t take this challenge seriously. The acceptance to pay taxes among which on capital gains will increase significantly if there is a credible perspective on a more efficient public sector. The moment is there for a real trend break that shows more value for money is possible.
Itinera formulates recommendations for structural policy reforms. In our studies and open discussions we always strive for constructive, long-term solutions. The focus of our think tank is on sustainable economic growth and social protection.
The second part of the twentieth century Belgium has become an immigration nation. After the Glorious Thirty and the famous agreements to let foreign workers come to Belgium, immigration in our country has more and more evolved towards the channels of family reunification and asylum, together with a growing impact of the intra-European mobility. This analysis presents the reality behind the statistics of this migration phenomenon.
The economic trap is closing relentlessly on the Eurozone. Everyone was aware of the Japanese deflationary scenario. It was even condemned as the most dangerous economic hazard. Yet the Eurozone is taking this deadly route because of a lack of vision and political obstinacy. The descent into the economic abyss will be prolonged and frightening, as Europe has lived with the assumption of growth for nearly seven decades.
Today, the health care expenditure takes more then 10% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP, or the total wealth of a country expressed in euro) in Belgium. Approximate we can speak of 37 billion expenses for health care, on a GDP of 370 billion euros in 2011. The largest part of it is paid by the national health insurance and the RIZIV ( National Institute for the Sickness and Invalidity Insurance). Jos Kesenne analyses this issue.