EU Sources - Social partners and the European Semester process - February 29, 2016

A Eurofound report looks at EU- and national-level social partners’ involvement between 2001 and 2014 in the European Semester Process, the EU’s annual cycle of economic policy guidance and surveillance. The report assesses the role of the national social partners during key junctures of the Semester – the National Reform Programmes and adoption of the country-specific recommendations (CSR) – with a special focus on employment and social policy aspects. The issues addressed include the arena of wage-setting and collective bargaining – where the social partners expect their autonomy to be respected. Observers note that some CSRs go directly over the heads of national social dialogue in pushing for reform of collective agreements.

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