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Structural reform support programme 2017-2020 [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Agnieszka Widuto (4th edition),

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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.

Agreement was reached in interinstitutional negotiations in February 2017, and the EP plenary vote took place in April. The adopted regulation (EU) 2017/825 was signed on 17 May and published in the Official Journal on 19 May 2017.



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)

COM(2015) 701

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)
Procedure completed:


Regulation (EU) 2017/825 of 17.5.2017;

OJ L 129 19.05.2017, p. 0001

Stage: Adoption


Implementation of CSRs, 2013 and 2014

Implementation of CSRs, 2013 and 2014



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