Belgium [electronic resource] : 2008 Article IV Consultation: Staff Report; Staff Supplement; and Public Information Notice on the Executive Board Discussion.

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Annual budget.
Article IV consultation reports.
Balanced budget.
Bank balance sheet.
Bank bonds.
Bank funding.
Bank lending.
Bank loans.
Bank losses.
Bank recapitalization.
Banking assets.
Banking institutions.
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Banking sector.
Banking sectors.
Banking supervision.
Banking supervisors.
Banking system.
Budget balance.
Budget process.
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Capital adequacy.
Debt service.
Debt sustainability analysis.
Deposit guarantee.
Economic growth.
Economic indicators.
Economic reforms.
Expenditure growth.
Expenditure policy.
Financial sector.
Fiscal adjustment.
Fiscal assumptions.
Fiscal balance.
Fiscal consolidation.
Fiscal costs.
Fiscal deficits.
Fiscal discipline.
Fiscal federalism.
Fiscal health.
Fiscal improvements.
Fiscal impulse.
Fiscal policies.
Fiscal policy.
Fiscal scenarios.
Fiscal stance.
Fiscal stimuli.
Fiscal stimulus.
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Fiscal sustainability.
Foreign exchange.
Global competitiveness.
Government budget.
Government deficit.
Government revenue.
Interest expenditure.
International reserve.
Investment spending.
Labor market policy.
Long-term fiscal sustainability.
Medium-term fiscal strategy.
National bank.
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Primary expenditure.
Public debt.
Public finance.
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Savings rate.
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Staff Reports.
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Structural fiscal.
Tax incentives.
Tax wedge.
The global financial crisis has forced government intervention in major financial institutions in Belgium. This 2008 Article IV Consultation discusses that the boom in energy and food prices in early 2008 caused inflation to spike to well above the euro area average. Executive Directors have commended the authorities for their prompt and decisive intervention as the Belgian banking sector began to face severe pressure in September 2008. Directors have also encouraged the authorities to allow fiscal stabilizers to operate fully, and welcomed the moderate discretionary stimulus.
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