EAPN’s initial response to Country-Specific Recommendations | More CSRs on poverty but austerity still dominant

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Brussels, 23 May 2016 – On 18 May, the European Commission published the 2016 Country-Specific Recommendations (CSRs) proposals. EAPN welcomes the increased number of CSRs with a focus on ‘poverty reduction and social inclusion’ from 6 (2015) to 11 Member States (BG, CZ, ES, HR, HU, IE, IT, LV, PT, RO, SK), underpinned by Commissioner Thyssen’s statement in the CSR Press Release “this year’s recommendations have a strong focus on social and employment issues. Only by ensuring that social considerations are better integrated in all EU policy areas we will truly achieve a Social Europe.”

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The AGS behind, the Semester ahead | Great success for the Semester Alliance Hearing in the EP

IMG_1290On 1 March 2016 – (9.30-12.30), Sergio Gutierrez Prieto (S&D) and Marian Harkin (ALDE), with the EU Alliance for a democratic, social and sustainable European Semester, hosted a very well-attended hearing The AGS behind, the Semester ahead, what proposals to make Europe 2020 more social, democratic and sustainable?  in the European Parliament. The Alliance presented its proposals on the AGS 2016 and its report on the Country-specific Recommendations with concrete key messages.

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EU Semester Alliance holds 2nd dialogue meeting with DG ECFIN

On 8th January 2016, the EU Semester Alliance held a 2nd stakeholder dialogue meeting with key representatives from the EU institutions: Roy Dickinson, Adviser to the Director on Policy, strategy and co-ordination, DG Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN, European Commission). The exchange with ECFIN focussed on 3 key issues: What could be done by the EU to ensure that quality civil society engagement was promoted at all stages in the European Semester; a first discussion on the Annual Growth Survey 2016, and how progress could be made on a more social and sustainable EU. Continue Reading

Delivery gap remains on a democratic, social and sustainable Europe

semaphoreSEMESTER ALLIANCE ISSUES ITS JOINT POSITION ON COUNTRY-SPECIFIC RECOMMENDATIONS 2015 and AGS 2016

On 18 December 2015, the Semester Alliance sent a letter to the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker highlighting its analysis of the Commission’s Annual Growth Survey 2016 (2 pages). The analysis drew on the Semester Alliance joint assessment of the 2015 Country-specific Recommendations, based on a ‘traffic lights’ approach,  and sent the key message that the ‘Delivery Gap remains for a democratic, social and sustainable EU (4 pages).