The new financing law
This study of the KUL analyses the impact of the Belgian financing law on the revenues of regions and communities in Belgium. The authors judge this new framework in regard to three aspects: autonomy, responsibility and the nature of solidarity between regions and communities. They conclude that autonomy will probably rise while responsibility will probably not change and might even be reduced. They see no possible perverse or excessive solidarity coming out of the new framework.
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Beyond Copernicus:From Confusion to Consensus?
The 2000 Copernicus reform has faded away before flourishing. Belgium has the highest public spending and public employment in the OECD and still the relative quality and quantity of public services remain disappointing. With so many challenges ahead such as globalisation, population aging, the race for talents, the digital revolution, it is urgent to send a wake-up call for a government that is steering and not rowing. Jean Hindriks makes the diagnosis and suggests several “quick wins”.
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