About: European semester

Green transition: ECB and budgetary authorities should face their responsibilities

Reforming the rules for coordinating budgetary and economic policies in the eurozone is a necessity to conciliate economic, social and climate objectives, write Olivier Bodin and Michael Vincent.

The Commission has lost sight of quality jobs

The European Commission’s Country Specific Recommendations only increase the distance between the EU institutions and the citizens they are supposed to serve, writes Allan Päll.
EU Priorities 2020 19-03-2013

The EU must work for the people, not for the beauty of processes

The EU has tightened its grip on economic governance, but a wrong focus might prove poisonous, writes Renaud Thillaye.

Minimum wages across Europe require solidarity

Minimum wages increasingly appear as proper tools to fight cross-border social dumping, argues Klaus Heeger, despite objections that the EU has little or no competence on pay.
Euro & Finance 06-10-2010

The European Semester: What does it mean?

Besides reforming supervision of EU financial markets, a 'European semester' is to ensure from 2011 that national economic and fiscal policies are assessed in Brussels first before they are adopted by member states. 'What does this mean exactly?' asks Nicolaus Heinen, an analyst at Deutsche Bank (DB) Research, in a September analysis.

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