EUROMODupdate

EUROMODupdate

PROJECT CO-ORDINATOR

Orsolya Lelkes

PROJECT TEAM AT THE EUROPEAN CENTRE

Michael Fuchs, Katrin Gasior, Frédérique Hoffmann

EXTERNAL PROJECT CO-ORDNIATOR

Holly Sutherland, ISER

AIMS

A major EUROMOD development project is being supported by the European Commission DG-EMPL with the key objective to improve and extend EUROMOD’s usefulness as a tool for policy-relevant research and policy monitoring. This involves

  1. updating EUROMOD to cover recent policy systems;
  2. enlarging EUROMOD from 19 countries to cover all 27 Member States
  3. upgrading EUROMOD to operate using EU-SILC (European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions) data as the input database;
  4. re-building the “old” EU-15 using the most recent version of EUROMOD software; and
  5. developing methods and processes that facilitate the efficient updating of EUROMOD in the future.

In doing so the project encourages the widest use of EUROMOD in research and policy analysis at the national and international levels. The project began in February 2009. The aim is to upgrade or newly construct in EUROMOD a selection of 9 or 10 countries each year, and to then update them in subsequent year(s).

ACTIVITIES/MILESTONES

The work is being carried out by the EUROMOD core developer team, based mainly at ISER, in collaboration with a group of national teams.The European Centre is responsible for establishing contacts and working relationships in the New Member States in order to explore the feasibility of bringing them into EUROMOD. In addition, the European Centre's team is  modeling the policy systems for Austria, based on national SILC data.

A project Steering Group has been established, under the chairmanship of Sir Tony Atkinson.

Project Deliverables
Feasibility Study, Bulgaria (tax-benefit systems 2007-2010)
Feasibility Study, Latvia (tax-benefit systems 2006-2009)
Feasibility Study, Malta (tax-benefit systems 2007-2010)
Feasibility Study, Romania(tax-benefit systems 2007-2010)
Feasibility Study, Slovakia (tax-benefit systems 2006-2009)

Country Teams for the New Member States

Bulgaria
Venelin Boshnakov, University of National and World Economy
Desislava Hristova Dimitrova, National Statistical Institute
Dragomir Kolev Draganov, Ministry of Labour and Social Policy

Latvia
Alf Vanags, Baltic International Centre for Economic Policy Studies, BICEPS

Malta
Kevin Vella, Ministry of Finance
Daniel Gravino, Ministry of Finance
Godwin Mifsud, Ministry of Finance
Maya Miljanic Brinkworth, Ministry for the Family and Social Solidarity

Romania
Speranta Pirciog, National Research Institute for Labour and Social Protection (INCSMPS)
Eva Militaru, INCSMPS
Cristina Radu, INCSMPS
Silvia-Florina Popescu, INCSMPS

Slovakia
Viktor Novysedlák, Fiscal Policy Institute, Ministry of Finance
Marek Porubsky, Fiscal Policy Institute, Ministry of Finance
Jan Remeta, Fiscal Policy Institute, Ministry of Finance
Silvia Gregorcova, Ministry of Labour

PROJECT DURATION

2009/02 – 2012/01

FUNDED BY

DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, European Commission