Commission’s country specific recommendations mark start of intense period for Presidency
Today the European Commission adopted country-specific recommendations for EU member states on how to improve their economies, promote sustainable economic growth and, ultimately, create jobs.
The Irish Presidency will now begin the process of getting EU countries to endorse and adopt these recommendations.
Managing this process will be a major challenge for the Irish Presidency as it heads into its final month, but is a top priority for securing stability, jobs and growth across Europe, the key objectives of the Irish Presidency programme.
What happens next?
The Commission’s recommendations now have to be endorsed and adopted by the Member States in Council.
These recommendations will now be examined in detail by member state experts before being presented for Ministers for their agreement:
- Employment Ministers on 20 June, at the EPSCO Council, under the chair of Irish Ministers Richard Bruton and Joan Burton,
- Finance Ministers on 21 June, at the ECOFIN Council, under the chair of Irish Minister for Finance Michael Noonan, and
- General Affairs Ministers on 25 June, at the GAC under chair of the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore
The decisions of Ministers will then be endorsed by EU leaders at the European Council on 27-28 June, before final adoption during July.
National governments will then have to take these recommendations on board when they start drawing up their national budgets and economic plans.
What are the Country Specific Recommendations?
The recommendations published today are based on the Commission’s detailed assessment of the economic, employment and budgetary situation in each country.
They are not legally binding, but there are consequences if a member state failed to act on the recommendations. Governments could face policy warnings or sanctions in some cases.
Recommendations are made to all member states (except those already in an adjustment programme, like Ireland, Greece, Portugal and Cyprus).
This is part of the EU’s reinforced governance structure, called the ‘European Semester’, which is designed to ensure that EU countries reach economic and growth targets by the year 2020.
What is the European Semester?
Listen to a quick explanation from Ronan Gargan of the Irish Presidency team in our video gallery