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14th Meeting of the Network of Public Finance Economists in Public Administration

On 9 March 2021 DG ECFIN organizes the fourteenth meeting of the Network of Public Finance Economists working in public administrations.

In 2007 the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN) set up a Network of Public Finance Economists working in public administrations. The main aim of the network is to facilitate an exchange of views amongst practitioners on policy relevant issues and thereby deepen the analysis in the area of public finances. The network works through holding annual meetings organised by DG ECFIN, where participants present their work and their views not constrained by official positions. The targeted participants are staff working on budget planning and analysis in the national administrations and central banks.

  • financing policy | Economic and Monetary Union | economic policy | euro
  • Online only
  • Live streaming available


  1. 9 Mar 2021,
    09:00 AM - 09:15 AM CET

    Introduction – Declan Costello (DG ECFIN)

  2. 09:15 AM - 10:30 AM CET

    Session I – National responses to and lessons learned from the Covid crisis – Chair: João Nogueira Martins (DG ECFIN) (speakers 12 min.)
    Belgium – Lisa Glorieux (Belgian Federal Public Service of Policy and Support)
    France – Alexandre Baclet (French Ministry of Finance)
    Italy – Roberto Morea*, Cristina Collura (Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance)
    The Netherlands – Vinzenz Ziesemer (Dutch Ministry of Finance)

  3. 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM CET

    Session II – EU response to the Covid crisis – Chair: Gilles Mourre (DG ECFIN) (speakers 12 min.)
    Key measures taken at the EU level – an overview – Valeska Gronert (DG ECFIN)
    The informative value of national fiscal indicators in respect of debt at the European level – Astrid Lemmer (German Bundesbank)
    The economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic – Olli Palmén (Finnish Ministry of Finance)

  4. 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM CET

    Session III – Does R-G allow us to grow out of high public debt? New empirical evidence – Chair: Lucio Pench (DG ECFIN) (speakers 12 min.)
    Interest rate-growth differentials on government debt: an empirical investigation for the euro area – Cristina Checherita-Westphal, João Domingues Semeano* (ECB)
    Fiscal policy in a negative interest rate-growth differential environment – new evidence – Jocelyn Boussard*, Philipp Mohl (DG ECFIN)

  5. 12:15 PM - 12:30 PM CET

    Conclusions – Gilles Mourre (DG ECFIN)
    * An asterisk indicates the author presenting the relevant paper.

Practical information

Online only
Who should attend
Public finance economists from the public sector (including academia).