European Semester 2016: Country reports published

Date: 16th March 2016
Category: General measures of implementation

The European Commission has 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 to monitor policy reforms and to point 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, the Country Reports shift the attention of the European Semester to the national dimension.
The reports can 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.

Eurochild carries out an annual assessment on the European Semester and its 2015 report discusses whether the European Semester process is helping or hindering the achievement of positive outcomes for children across EU States.