Helping EU countries to design and carry out reforms

The Directorate-General for Structural Reform Support (DG REFORM) helps EU countries carry out reforms to support job creation and sustainable growth.

The work includes helping EU countries to:

  • design and effectively implement structural reforms
  • apply EU law (otherwise known as the Community acquis) in a timely manner
  • use EU funds efficiently and effectively

Structural reforms are vital to encourage investment, unlock the growth potential, raise living standards and support the process of convergence in the EU.

Support offered

Support is available to all EU countries, upon request. Support may be provided in particular – but not exclusively – in the context of EU economic governance processes.

Technical support may be provided by DG REFORM itself, by staff from other Commission services, by national experts, international organisations, public bodies and/or experts from the private sector.

DG REFORM was created in January 2020, taking over the mandate previously carried out by the Structural Reform Support Service.

DG REFORM also coordinates the Commission's efforts to support the process led by the United Nations for the reunification of Cyprus.