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Making it happen: the European Semester

The European Union has set up a yearly cycle of economic policy coordination called the European Semester. Each year, the Commission undertakes a detailed analysis of EU Member States' plans of budgetary, macroeconomic and structural reforms and provides them with country-specific recommendations for the next 12-18 months. These recommendations also contribute to the objectives of the EU's long-term strategy for jobs and growth, the Europe 2020 strategy, which is implemented and monitored in the context of the European Semester.

In October 2015 the Commission decided to further streamline the European Semester. This notably includes better integrating the euro area and national dimensions, a stronger focus on employment and social performance, enhanced democratic dialogue, promoting convergence by benchmarking and pursuing best practices, and the support to reforms from European Structural and Investment Funds and technical assistance.

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