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Public-private partnerships in the new EU member states
 
Author:Budina, Nina; Brixi, Hana Polackova; Irwin, Tomothy; Collection Title:World Bank working paper ; no.114
Country:Latvia; Lithuania; Poland; Slovak Republic; Slovenia; Estonia; Czech Republic; Hungary; Date Stored:2007/08/28
Document Date:2007/06/01Document Type:Publication
SubTopics:Access to Finance; Debt Markets; Banks & Banking Reform; ; Public Sector EconomicsISBN:978-0-8213-7153-4
Language:EnglishRegion:Europe and Central Asia
Report Number:40558Volume No:1 of 1

Summary: Public-private partnerships (PPPs) operate at the boundary of the public and private sectors, being neither fully public nor fully private. PPPs are defined in this paper as privately financed infrastructure projects in which a private firm either: (i) sells its services to the government; or (ii) sells its services to third parties with significant fiscal support in the form of guarantees. Despite these common elements of PPPs across sectors, there are differences in the type of arrangements that are typical in each sector. This study focuses on whether and when using PPPs can create fiscal space for additional infrastructure investments in the EU8. In doing so, the paper will examine the fiscal risks of PPPs and the role of fiscal institutions in this regard, including how these affect the use and design of PPPs and thus the potential for creating fiscal space while promoting investment in infrastructure. Chapter 2 distinguishes the illusory from the real fiscal effects of PPPs. Chapter 3 relates the extent to which PPPs reduce fiscal costs to the nature of fiscal institutions. Chapter 4 explains how fiscal institutions can be improved to encourage fiscal prudence in the use and design of PPPs. Chapter 5 concludes.

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