Semester Alliance addresses Commissioners on their commitments to progress on Europe 2020 targets

05/09/2014 – The EU Semester Alliance has prepared questions to probe the Commissioner-Designates’ commitment to progress on the social, sustainable and equality targets and commitments of Europe 2020 and the European Semester, through strengthening democratic legitimacy and social and civil dialogue engagement, particularly in the context of the Mid-Term Review of the Europe 2020 strategy to be carried out in 2015. Continue Reading

Semester Alliance publishes its Toolkit for Engaging in Europe 2020 and the European Semester

2014-Semester-Alliance-Toolkit-coverIn July 2014, the EU Alliance for Democratic, Social and Sustainable European Semester (Semester Alliance) publishes its Toolkit for Engaging in Europe 2020 and the European Semester. Aimed at the national members of the European organisations which constitute the Semester Alliance, it is designed to support them in engaging with Europe 2020 and the European Semester, including the upcoming Mid-Term Review. Continue Reading

Semester Alliance addresses European Political Groups ahead of their meeting with candidate President of the European Commission Juncker

The Semester Alliance, representing thousands of civil-society organisations and trade unions on the ground, has just sent a letter to MEPs from S&D, Greens/EFA, GUE/NGL, EPP and ALDE Groups in the European Parliament with a question to address to M. Juncker, new European Commission President whom they will meet this Wednesday 09 July. For the Semester Alliance, the new EC President should already express how he will increase the involvement of the European Parliament and civil society in the Semester process during the coming mandate. #semesteralliance
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Semester Alliance sees CSRs as insufficient to address inclusive growth

Brussels, 25/06/2014 – The Semester Alliance, a broad European coalition bringing together environmental, social and equality NGOs and trade unions, releases its initial assessment of the European Commission’s proposals on Country-Specific Recommendations (CSRs) in view of the European Heads of States meeting on 26-27 June. Whilst welcoming some progress on more inclusive and sustainable CSRs, it is still seriously undermined by macroeconomic priorities focusing almost exclusively on austerity and competitiveness. The Semester Alliance also highlights the importance of increasing involvement of civil-society stakeholders, still seriously lacking in the CSR process. Continue Reading

Europe 2020 and European Semester: Semester Alliance gets together for a successful capacity building day

Last 06/06/2014, the Semester Alliance held a 1-day Capacity Building workshop for 35 Alliance members in Brussels which several participants considered a “very useful, dynamic and powerful day”. The workshop was primarily aimed at national members of the Alliance, including the 3 pilot alliances in Denmark, Bulgaria and Ireland, but also representatives from the Brussels level. Continue Reading

Semester Alliance presents its initial assessment of the Semester for Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive EU

2014-Joint-Alliance-CSR-report-coverThe EU Alliance for a democratic, social and sustainable European Semester (Semester Alliance) presented its initial assessment of the Semester: Proposals for 2014 Country-Specific Recommendations (CSRs): Progressing on a Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive EU, proposing country-specific recommendations in country fiches, at its launch at the EESC on 07 April 2014. This draws on the work of Alliance partners’ national members, who are attempting to engage in the Semester, particularly through the National Reform Programmes (NRPs) and Country-Specific Recommendations (CSRs) at national level, and represents initial attempts to assess macroeconomic, social, environmental and equality policies being delivered through the Semester and to present combined proposals for CSRs that could help achieve progress towards the social, equality and environmental goals and targets of Europe 2020. Continue Reading

NGOs and trade unions launch the Semester Alliance

programme-photo-logosThis 07 April, the EU Alliance for a more democratic, social and sustainable European Semester kick starts in a hearing in the European Economic and Social Committee. The public hearing, Strengthening the legitimacy of the European Semester, will present the Semester Alliance, which gathers 16 European networks of civil-society organisations and trade unions, and their new report “Civil-Society Proposals for Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive growth“. This is a public hearing targeting EU decision makers and stakeholders, but open to everyone.#semesteralliance #csr2020

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