Written by Agnieszka Widuto (1st edition),
Structural reforms have been identified as crucial to accelerating economic recovery, boosting growth and reducing unemployment. In November 2015, the European Commission proposed to establish the Structural Reform Support Programme 2017-2020, to provide Member States with technical assistance in designing and implementing structural reforms, with a budget of €142.8 million taken from existing allocations to the structural and investment funds. Building on experience relating to reforms in Greece and Cyprus, the programme aims to improve administrative and institutional capacity, to facilitate better implementation of EU law, in particular the country-specific recommendations issued under the European Semester, more efficient use of EU funds and the introduction of growth-enhancing structural reforms.
The Council prepared its negotiating stance in April 2016, while the EP’s REGI Committee is to discuss its draft report in the autumn.
- July 2016: ‘Structural reform support programme 2017-2020‘ (1st edition)