Setting the priorities

Setting the priorities

November: The Commission presents the priorities and guidelines for the following year as part of the autumn package

The analysis phase

The analysis phase

February: The Commission publishes reports for each EU country, assessing economic and social policies

National Reform Programmes and Stability/Convergence Programmes

National Reform Programmes and Stability/Convergence Programmes

March-April: EU countries submit national reform programmes and stability/convergence programmes

EU country-specific recommendations

EU country-specific recommendations

May-July: each country receives tailored economic and budgetary policy recommendations

Putting recommendations into practice

Putting recommendations into practice

August-October: National governments incorporate the recommendations into their reform plans and national budgets for the following year

Timeline: visual presentation

Timeline: visual presentation

Visual presentation of the European Semester economic coordination cycle

The autumn package explained

The autumn package explained

Commission sets out EU's economic and social priorities for the year ahead, gives policy recommendation for the euro area and completes the assessment of euro area Member States' Draft Budgetary Plans.