In this special one-off we focus on European fiscal policy, following FiscalMatters' week of debate in which the future of the EU fiscal framework is discussed: “Too often important policy decisions happen behind closed doors. We need an open and accessible debate on Europe’s fiscal future”.
Together with Ludovic Suttor-Sorel from Finance Watch we look at the current EU fiscal rules and how they should change in order to face the challenges we face regarding climate change, a just transition, rising inequality, unemployment and public health. How can we, civil society, academics and social and environmental activists contribute to fiscal policy for the good?
What are the main problems of the current EU fiscal rules, and to what extent to they hinder countries to make the necessary investments to build resilient green economies?
What kind of EU fiscal framework do we need to tackle the main challenges of the 21st century?
What other instruments should the EU use to promote more convergence between the member states, and is this all feasible within the euro?
As Research and Advocacy officer, Ludovic works on fiscal policy, sustainable finance, natural capital and the nexus between biodiversity and finance.
As researcher in applied economics at the Solvay Brussels Schools of Economics and Management (ULB), Ludovic worked on public finance, environmental policy, public incentives and developed a keen interest in industrial policy. He developed a strong interest in financial and banking regulation while working for a Belgian senator on reform of the Belgian banking structure. He was also political advisor for the top management of one of Brussels’ welfare institutions. Ludovic was a member of the European Commission’s Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance (TEG) involved in the creation of the EU Taxonomy for sustainable activities.
Ludovic holds a B.A. in Political Sciences and an M.A. in European Studies from the Institute for European Studies of the Free University of Brussels (ULB). He organised public debates and conferences at the university for years.
FiscalMatters' week of debate is the high-level moment on European fiscal policy in 2021. From September 27 to 30, it brings together the best minds to raise awareness and elicit debate. It builds on a wide range of perspectives to present recent academic work and connect ideas and people who care about our future and recognise the importance of fiscal policy for it.