Role of the social partners in the European Semester

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16 February 2016
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16 February 2016
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This report explores the involvement of peak social partners in the European Semester at EU and national level during the period 2011 to 2014. While their role in the European Semester is not set out in the European economic governance provisions (the so-called ‘Six-Pack’), the European institutional bodies view the two sides of industry as being key to the development of the Semester, and have called for their closer involvement. This report assesses the degree to which the social partners are involved in the different stages of the European Semester procedure on matters regarding employment and social policy issues and how their involvement could be enhanced. At the same time, it examines the role played by the European Commission and the national governments in communicating the country-specific recommendations. The study also looks at the views of the social partners themselves. The report was compiled on the basis of desk research and individual national reports submitted by Eurofound’s network of European correspondents covering all 28 EU Member States. An executive summary is available - see Related content.

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    Number of Pages: 
    64
    Reference No: 
    EF1570
    ISBN: 
    978-92-897-1436-5
    Catalogue: 
    TJ-01-15-862-EN-N
    DOI: 
    10.2806/1718
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    Role of the social partners in the European Semester

    This report explores the involvement of peak social partners in the European Semester at EU and national level during the period 2011 to 2014. While their role in the European Semester is not set out in the European economic governance provisions (the so-called ‘Six-Pack’), the European institutional bodies view the two sides of industry as being key to the development of the Semester, and have called for their closer involvement.

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    Reference No: 
    EF15701
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    Role of the social partners in the European Semester - Executive summary

    Authors: 
    Eurofound

    This report analyses the involvement of the peak social partners in the European Semester at EU level and national level between 2011–2014, particularly during the preparation of the National Reform Programmes (NRP) and the adoption of the country-specific recommendations (CSRs) dealing with employment and social policy issues. While key aspects of the EU Semester, such as the involvement of the social partners in the coordination of fiscal policies or in the macroeconomic imbalance procedure, are outside the scope of the report, it should be acknowledged that the policies adopted in the context of these processes have had a significant influence on national industrial relations systems, labour market policies and institutions and the framework in which social partners are operating. Read more in the report - see Related content.

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