Written by Agnieszka Widuto (2nd edition),
Structural reforms have been identified as crucial to accelerating economic recovery, boosting growth and reducing unemployment. In November 2015, the European Commission proposed to establish the Structural Reform Support Programme 2017-2020, to provide Member States with technical assistance in designing and implementing structural reforms. The proposed budget is €142.8 million, to be taken from existing technical assistance resources under the structural and investment funds. Building on experience relating to reforms in Greece and Cyprus, the programme aims to improve administrative and institutional capacity, to facilitate better implementation of EU law, in particular the country-specific recommendations issued under the European Semester, more efficient use of EU funds and the introduction of growth-enhancing structural reforms.
The Council prepared its negotiating stance in April 2016, while the EP’s Committee on Regional Development is to vote on its rapporteurs’ draft report in November 2016.
- October 2016: ‘Structural reform support programme 2017-2020‘ (2nd edition)
- July 2016: ‘Structural reform support programme 2017-2020‘ (1st edition)
|Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the establishment of the Structural Reform Support Programme for the period 2017 to 2020 and amending Regulations (EU) No 1303/2013 and (EU) No 1305/2013|
Regional Development (REGI)
Lambert van Nistelrooij (EPP, The Netherlands)
Constanze Krehl (S&D, Germany)
Economic & Monetary Affairs (ECON)
Costas Mavrides (S&D, Cyprus)
COM(2015)701 of 26.11.2015
Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
|Next steps expected:||Vote in committee|