Involvement of the social partners in the European Semester: 2016 update

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Updated
24 February 2017
Published
24 February 2017
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Abstract

This report provides an update on the role of national social partners in the European Semester process over the period 2015–2016, describing the main developments and changes compared with a previous Eurofound study on their involvement during the period 2011–2014. It examines the social partners’ involvement in the elaboration of the National Reform Programmes and to what extent they are heard and their views taken into account with regard to social and labour policies. Overall, the involvement of social partners in most Member States is carried out in a relatively smooth way. Some progress can be identified in terms of both the number of Member States in which improvement has taken place and the procedures applied for involving the social partners. However, significant differences remain in the practices, quality and effectiveness of social partner involvement in the European Semester process. An executive summary is available - see Related content.

  • Full report

    Number of Pages: 
    40
    Reference No: 
    EF1665
    ISBN: 
    978-92-897-1575-1
    Catalogue: 
    TJ-02-17-224-EN-N
    DOI: 
    10.2806/104524
    Catalogue info

    Involvement of the social partners in the European Semester: 2016 update

    This report provides an update on the role of national social partners in the European Semester process over the period 2015–2016, describing the main developments and changes compared with a previous Eurofound study on their involvement during the period 2011–2014.

    Available formats

  • Executive summary

    Reference No: 
    EF16651
    Catalogue info

    Involvement of the social partners in the European Semester: 2016 update - Executive summary

    Authors: 
    Eurofound

    The European Semester is a key component of economic governance in the European Union, aimed at coordinating the fiscal and economic policies of Member States. Although the role of social partners in the process is not defined in the European economic governance provisions, European institutions consider them to be key actors and have called for them to be more closely involved. The participation of the social partners is crucial for enhancing the ownership of European policies and ensuring meaningful implementation, as acknowledged in the Employment Guidelines. Read more in the report - see Related content.

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