On Wednesday (11 March), the European Parliament supported the European Commission’s push to accelerate structural and fiscal reforms demanded by the EU of each Member State, every year, under the so-called ' European Semester '.
"If we want a social market economy in Europe, we need a European - I repeat - a European social dialogue," said European Parliament president Martin Schulz on Thursday during a high level conference on social dialogue in Brussels.
In a move to give new impetus to social partners’ relations, seen as instrumental in the new economic governance set up, the European Commission launched on Thursday (5 March) a new start for social dialogue.
Italy and France expressed irritation on Sunday (7 December) with a call from Chancellor Angela Merkel for them to do more to bring their budgets into line with EU rules, telling the German leader to focus on her own economic woes instead of lecturing others.
French Finance Minister Michel Sapin has played down any risk that Paris might be fined for breaking EU budgetary rules, days before the European Commission rules on the government's failure to cut its budget deficit. EU officials, meanwhile, beg to differ.
EU officials are considering fining France for failing to cut its budget deficit, although the eurozone's second biggest economy, a driving force in the creation of the shared currency, could yet be spared the unprecedented punishment.
The European Commission provisionally accepted the budgets of France and Italy, saying on Tuesday (28 October) that no eurozone states had submitted deficit plans for next year that seriously breached EU stability rules.
The European Commission is discussing changes with Italy and France to their 2015 draft budgets to avoid having to send back the plans that break European Union rules, EU officials said on Wednesday (22 October).
Germany and France are secretly discussing a deal to enable the European Commission to approve Paris's draft 2015 budget even though it breaks past deficit-cutting commitments, German weekly Der Spiegel said yesterday (19 October).
Italy and the European Commission are on a collision course over Rome's 2015 budget plan, which Brussels says flouts EU recommendations but Rome says it has no intention of changing, ahead of today’s (15 October) deadline.
The European Commission is likely to reject France's 2015 budget draft at the end of October, and ask for a new one that would better reflect Paris's deficit reduction obligations under European Union rules, several eurozone officials said.
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's success in staring down opposition from within his party over labour reform has delivered a symbolic political success but its impact on hiring and firing rules appears limited.
Only 18% of the European Commission’s recommendations for economic reforms, aimed at paving the way to economic recovery, are actually implemented by the member states, according to a new study by the European Parliament.
As the European Commission prepares to issue its first-ever social policy recommendations in the framework of the strengthened European Semester of economic policy coordination, there are lingering questions as to what the whole process will actually achieve, with critics branding it a "communications exercise".
EU heads of state gathered in Brussels on 20 and 21 March for their last summit before the EU elections in May, reaching an agreement on a European response to the crisis in Ukraine, energy and climate targets and more. Read our wrap-up of the European Council, below.
European Commission Vice-President Olli Rehn, responsible for economic and monetary affairs, told the European Parliament yesterday (25 February) that the EU economy was recovering overall, but warned of the risks of “protracted low growth” if structural reforms were not implemented.
Having managed to reach deals on banks and the long-term budget, EU leaders have started their two-day summit somewhat relieved, as they embark on talks to tackle youth employment, finance much-needed investments and boost growth. EurActiv obtained the draft conclusions . Read our live coverage, below.
The European Commission tabled yesterday (29 May) its “country-specific reports” with recommendations to capitals to boost competitiveness and make their economies more dynamic. In an apparent shift from austerity, this year's recommendations call on countries to be “more ambitious” in spurring growth.