Written by Agnieszka Widuto (3rd 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 European 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 agreed its negotiating stance in April 2016, while the EP’s Committee on Regional Development adopted its report in November 2016. Agreement was reached in trilogue negotiations in February 2017, and the EP is due to vote on this in plenary in April.
- March 2017: ‘Structural reform support programme 2017-2020‘ (3rd edition)
- 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|
|Committee responsible:||Regional Development (REGI)||
procedure ref.: 2015/0263(COD)
Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
|Lambert van Nistelrooij (EPP, The Netherlands)
Constanze Krehl (S&D, Germany)
|Associated committee:||Economic & Monetary Affairs (ECON|
|Rapporteur:||Costas Mavrides (S&D, Cyprus)|
|Next steps expected:||First-reading vote in plenary|