Better Europe Alliance (Ireland) Special topic: linked-up planning for Europe?

Europe 2020 and the European Semester

The Better Europe Alliance, coordinated by EAPN Ireland, brings together social, equality and environmental NGOs and Trade Unions as part of the Europe-wide Semester Alliance.

1.     What is the European Semester?

Ireland-briefing-on-EU2020-and-EU-SemesterThe European Semester is the term used for the coordinated annual monitoring by the European Commission of two separate processes:

Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, which covers the period 2010-2020 and contains economic, social and environmental commitments; and

The Stability and Growth Pact which came into force in 1998 and contains binding commitments on how EU Governments manage their deficits and debt.

The Alliance has recently had two sessions with the Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Union Affairs, which today produced its proposals on the Mid Term Review of Europe 2020,  and meetings with key Government Departments, as well as producing its analysis of the European Commission’s Country Specific Recommendations.

Read the Briefing by the Better Europe Alliance which explains the Semester and its implications for Ireland and the Toolkit on engagement with the Semester by the European Semester Alliance and the explanatory video.

2.     Better Europe Alliance (Ireland) Conference, 5 Dec filling up fast!

A Socially, Economically and Environmentally Sustainable Ireland in Europe: National conference on Europe 2020 and the European Semester: The aim of the Conference is to provide a forum for dialogue among a wide range of stakeholders on how to bring about a more balanced inclusive and sustainable European Semester and Europe 2020 strategy. Speaker: Marian Harkin, Independent MEP, Patrick O’Sullivan, the European Commission Semester Officer in Ireland, Rory Montgomery, Deputy Secretary General in charge of EU Affairs in the Department of the Taoiseach as well as members of the Alliance.  The Conference will be an opportunity to engage with the proposals of the Better Europe Alliance. There will be time to participate. Friday 5th December, 9:30 to 1.30 followed by lunch. Jury’s Inn Hotel. Custom House Quay, Dublin.  To Register send your name, organisation (where relevant), contact details and any special dietary or other requirements to enquiries@eapn.ie or call Maureen at 01-8745737.

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