Staff from the European Commission, in liaison with staff from the European Central Bank (ECB), carried out the sixth post-programme surveillance visit to Spain on 17-19 October 2016. The European Stability Mechanism (ESM) participated in the meetings on aspects relating to its Early Warning System. In the absence of a government with full legislative powers, the mission was limited in scope, mainly focused on financial sector issues. It also served as part of the Commission's monitoring in the framework of the Macroeconomic Imbalances Procedure.
In October 2016, the DG ECFIN flash estimate of the consumer confidence indicator remained broadly unchanged in both the EU (-0.1 points to -6.5) and the euro area (+0.2 points to -8.0) compared to September.
The new video episode looks at how we can best meet the challenges facing EU healthcare systems. As health costs are expected to rise in the EU, the European Commission is helping countries to achieve better value for money in health care spending.
Public expenditure on health care and long-term care has been increasing over the last decades in all EU Member States. In 2015, it accounted for 8.7% of GDP in the EU and could reach up to 12.5% of GDP in 2060.