The in-depth reviews (IDRs) are analytical documents by the Commission aimed at identifying and assessing the severity of macroeconomic imbalances. The annual Alert Mechanism Report (AMR) selects the countries for which an IDR is prepared by the Commission. IDRs can also be prepared in case of unexpected significant economic developments that require urgent analysis.

Aim of IDRs

IDRs aim to identify the nature and severity of macroeconomic imbalances in EU countries. In its analysis, the European Commission takes into account existing Council recommendations and policy commitments of the country concerned. Since 2015 IDRs have been incorporated in the European semester’s country reports.

Result of IDRs

The Commission Communication accompanying the Country Reports includes the IDR results, which may be as follows:

  • no imbalances
  • imbalances
  • excessive imbalances
  • excessive imbalances with corrective action

A process of “specific monitoring” is applied to EU Member States with imbalances or excessive imbalances, which is adapted to the degree and nature of their imbalances and involves an intensified dialogue with national authorities, as well as progress reports and policy recommendations in their annual Country-Specific Recommendations. Countries found to be experiencing ‘excessive imbalances with corrective action’ are liable to face the Excessive Imbalance Procedure.

2017 country reports including IDRs

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2016 country reports including IDRs

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2015 country reports including IDRs

Commission communication on 2015 country reports including in-depth reviews - COM(2015) 85 final
Main findings of the in-depth reviews 2015
Belgium
Bulgaria
Croatia
Finland
France
Germany
Hungary
Ireland
Italy
Netherlands
Portugal
Romania
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
United Kingdom

2014 IDRs

Commission communication on 2014 in-depth reviews - COM(2014) 150 final
Belgium
Bulgaria
Croatia
Denmark
Finland
France
Germany
Hungary
Ireland
Italy
Luxembourg
Malta
Netherlands
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
United Kingdom

2013 IDRs

Commission communication on 2013 in-depth reviews - COM(2013) 199 final
Belgium
Bulgaria
Denmark
Finland
France
Hungary
Italy
Malta
Netherlands
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
United Kingdom

2012 IDRs

Belgium
Bulgaria
Cyprus
Denmark
Finland
France
Hungary
Italy
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
United Kingdom