On 6 April 2020, the Commission provided guidelines on how the format and content of the 2020 Stability and Convergence Programmes (SCPs) can be streamlined in light of the exceptional circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic and the severe constraints under which Member States are working. The minimum guidelines have been agreed with the Economic and Financial Committee and are in line with the requirements of Regulation 1466/97. The Commission recognises that the exceptional circumstances demand particular understanding of the difficulties that Member States may face in providing the data usually required in their SCPs. The minimum guidelines set out in this note imply that it is likely that there will be important differences in the content of the SCPs submitted by Member States. The guidelines for streamlined SCPs have also been shared with the Independent Fiscal Institutions (IFIs).