The European Semester is constantly changing. The process was recently reinforced by the inclusion of social policy, a closer link between the EU budget and the Semester and the aim of better integrating the UN sustainable development goals. Amongst the challenges to address are, however, lack of ownership of proposed reforms and more sluggish implementation of country-specific recommendations.
The involvement of organised civil society in the European Semester is therefore fundamental, as stakeholders' co-ownership of reforms improves their implementation and helps to achieve positive outcomes. However, organised civil society is not sufficiently represented in the work of the EU Semester.
In this brochure, we have put together a series of semester-related opinions and an information report in which the EESC makes policy recommendations on the various elements of the European Semester.