Country-specific recommendations provide tailored advice to individual Member States on how to boost jobs, growth and investment, while maintaining sound public finances. The Commission publishes them every spring. The recommendations adapt priorities identified in the autumn in the Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy (EU level) and in the recommendation for the economic policy of the euro area (euro area level). They give guidance on what can realistically be achieved in the next 12-18 months to make growth more sustainable, inclusive and stronger.

Leaders discuss and endorse the country-specific recommendations in the Council, usually in July.

The main elements of the country-specific recommendations and their reasoning are summarised in a Communication.