European Semester 2016: Commission publishes Country Reports
On 26 February 2016, the European Commission published its annual analysis of the economic and social challenges in the EU Member States, the so-called Country Reports.The reports are a tool under the streamlined European Semester of economic policy coordination to monitor policy reforms, and to point early on to challenges that Member States should address. Following the publication in November of the Annual Growth Survey 2016 and the euro area recommendation, which set out the priorities at European level, today's reports shift the attention of the European Semester to the national dimension.
The reports will serve as the basis for discussion with Member States of their national policy choices ahead of their National Programmes in April, and will lead to the formulation in late spring of the Commission's Country-Specific Recommendations. The early publication of these Country Reports is part of the efforts to streamline and strengthen the European Semester.TOP