On 26 February 2020, the European Commission has published the European Semester Winter Package, including 28 country reports in all EU member states languages.
This package provides analysis on the path for Member States on competitive sustainability and points towards the required structural reforms and investments challenges. Moreover, since the adoption of the European Pillar of Social Rights in 2017, it also includes relevant information and comparisons on social policies and their results at national level. The country-specific challenges are identified by the Social Scoreboard, a tool to monitor key employment and social challenges in EU countries, to assess the development concerning national policies.
The country reports highlights that in 2020, poverty and social exclusion continue to decline on the back of good labour market conditions, but important pockets of vulnerability remain.
This winter package will be followed by the presentation of the National Reform Programs from each member state in April and by the Country Specific Recommendations from the Commission to the member states at the beginning of summer.
The European Commission welcomes the social partner’s participation and consultations within the process. It is also a good mean for social services providers’ organisations implementing most of the pillars of social rights principles to monitor the national public policies and influence them by taking advantage of the European data and recommendations.
Access to the European Semester Winter Package here.