Public spending

The poor state of Europe’s health systems 

Tuesday 15 December 2020 | Céline Mouzon
| Alternatives Economiques

Slow starts, supply shortages, disorganised and ad hoc management… Responses to COVID-19 across Europe have hardly been an occasion for pride. The OECD stresses the need to take into account the social inequalities in health, and consider health an investment rather than an expense.


How Croatia plans to spend €22 billion in EU funds 

Wednesday 16 December 2020 | Toni Gabrić
| H-Alter

Croatia is expected to receive a good wealth of EU funds in the coming years. However, the strategic priorities doesn't appear very bold and clear, and the plan for the use of the Recovery Fund is not ready yet.


Family benefits in the EU 

Tuesday 17 November 2020 | Laszlo Arato
| EUrologus

Central and Eastern European member states need to bridge a huge gap in social spending, particularly in the area of family welfare payments. However, some of these countries already spend a relatively high share of social spending for family benefits.


Nine-in-ten EU regions face revenue plunge 

Monday 19 October 2020 | Eszter Zalan
| EUobserver

Almost every local government across the EU expects a sharp decrease in revenues this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Expenditure on health, social services and civil protection has boomed, while income from tourism and the economy is decreasing. 


How member states have supported their businesses during the pandemic 

Wednesday 29 July 2020 | Danuta Pawłowska
| BiQdata

The COVID-19 crisis will lead to a sharp contraction of GDP in all EU member states. From billions for airlines to several hundred euros for small businesses, governments have been supporting their economy in different ways. 


Nurse walking by a hospital building

COVID-19 pandemic exposes southern Europe’s nursing shortage  Large investigation

Tuesday 23 June 2020 | Ángela Bernardo
Carmen Torrecillas
María Álvarez Del Vayo
| Civio

For weeks, Spain and Italy were epicentres of the COVID-19 pandemic. Their health defences had an important gap: large staffing shortages and low ratios of nurses to doctors. At the same time, nurses had higher infection rates than the general population, mainly because of the lack of personal protective equipment.


Coronavirus: 5 decisions the EU should make right now 

Thursday 19 March 2020 | Guillaume Duval
| Alternatives Economiques

Calls have been coming from all sides for the EU to intervene in the COVID-19 crisis in the name of European solidarity. Although the Union has little room for manoeuvre in the public-health sphere, it can use the powerful lever of economic and monetary policy to counter the coming economic downturn.


Public employees: comparisons between European countries are deceptive 

Tuesday 27 March 2018 | Vincent Grimault
| Alternatives Economiques

“Hypertrophic”, “poorly run”, “bloated”, “too costly”... in all countries, cliches concerning the public service are legion. New indicators allow us to see how the reality is more nuanced.


“Warning, No Signal”  Large investigation in depth

Monday 30 December 2019 | Nikos Morfonios
| MIIR

Only 30 km of the whole rail network in Greece has functioning train traffic lights. The installation of new European Train Control System has derailed in the country because of mismanagement – costing tens of millions of public funds and several fatalities.


Secret to a long life? More money for healthcare  

Tuesday 03 December 2019 | Laszlo Arato
| EUrologus

In Western Europe and Scandinavia, people spend more on healthcare and live longer, while in Central and Eastern Europe and the Baltic States, less money is spent and life expectancy at birth is lower too. The EU average for healthcare spending is 9.9 percent of GDP. In Hungary it is 7.4 percent.