Fiscal Policy revised

»It will be vital to avoid making the mistakes of the past. In the fiscal consolidations of 10 years ago, investment was the first victim«
Paolo Gentiloni, Commissioner Economy

The COVID-19 pandemic presents not only unprecedented policy challenges, tied to a looming recession of an estimated 8,3% EU GDP decline, but also a window of opportunity for urgently needed fiscal reforms. As monetary policy has reached its limits, due to historically low interest rates over the last decade, there is a revival of fiscal policy in order to deal with the consequences of the economic crisis and the resulting short-term financing needs of almost €2 trillion, including a basic investment gap of €846 billion.

The Policy Lab will be focused on two core topics that shall be complemented by other issues raised during the discussions:

  • Fiscal rules 
  • Tax exemptions

Policy Lab Objectives 

The policy lab „Fiscal Policies Revised“ takes the recent recovery programs as a working base to 

  • Discuss long-term implications of the COVID-19 crisis for managing public debt and fiscal policy
  • Develop ideas to align fiscal rules and fiscal policy with the EUs climate and environmental targets

Guiding Questions

  • How can economic policy in the EU better reflect the long-term fiscal risks of climate change and biodiversity loss and create fiscal space for preventive investments in the short term?
  • How can member states create fiscal revenues from reconsidering taxation and tax exemptions?


Relevant EU processes


Prof. Tim Jackson
Professor of Sustainable Development and Director of the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP), University of Surrey

Preparatory material