“From Challenge to Opportunity” Green Budget Europe, CEE Bankwatch and EEB present national assessment of Country Reports and proposals for CSR’s and Season’s greetings

Green Budget Europe, together with CEE-Bankwatch and the European Environmental Bureau have carried out an assessment of the 2016 European Semester Country Reports among our network of members and national experts for their country. 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).

EAPN releases its full assessment of the European Commission’s Country-Specific Recommendations 2015

2015-EAPN-CSR-2015-Assessment-cover10/06/2015 – On May 15 the Commission adopted their proposals for Country-Specific Recommendations (CSRs). EAPN responded with an immediate Press Release calling on Commission to issue poverty recommendations not only in 6 but in all Member States. This paper sets out the main messages and main recommendations from a more detailed assessment of the CSRs, as regards their delivery on the Europe 2020 Strategy targets on poverty reduction, employment and education. A detailed country by country analysis is annexed.

 

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PRESS RELEASE- Green Budget Europe response to EC CSRs ‘Commission drops fossil fuel subsidy reform, putting citizens’ health and the EU’s position at climate negotiations in jeopardy’

30/05/2015- The country-specific recommendations (CSRs) released by the European Commission are devoid of any mention of Environmentally Harmful Subsidies, expert platform Green Budget Europe (GBE) reveals. This stands in stark contrast to the CSRs issued in 2014, when the Commission pointedly asked Italy to “remove environmentally harmful subsidies”. Last year, the Commission had also requested both Belgium and France to “phase out environmentally harmful subsidies”. GBE says: “Overall, the entire CSRs run to around 5,000 words but the very word environment is only used in once. That’s in relation to one of Europe’s smallest countries – Luxembourg – which the Commission asks to “broaden its tax base, in particular on consumption, recurrent property taxation and environmental taxation”.

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PRESS RELEASE – EAPN deeply worried about Commission’s Country-Specific Recommendations and calls on the EC to issue a specific set of recommendations to fight poverty in all Member States

On 13/05/2015 the European Commission made public its proposals for Country-Specific Recommendations (CSRs).  The European Anti-Poverty Network reacted sharply to the Commission’s proposals for country-specific recommendations, which were published on the 13th of May. “The new recommendations may be closely aligned with President Juncker’s key priorities in the Annual Growth Survey: boosting investment, structural reforms and responsible fiscal policies, but they offer little in the way of a vision to turn the tide for the more than 120 million people in poverty in Europe,” said Sérgio Aires, President of EAPN. EAPN is very concerned about the increasing invisibility of Europe 2020 Strategy together with its commitments to promote smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and to deliver on the targets – particularly to reduce poverty by at least 20 million by 2020.

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