The EU’s country-specific recommendations (CSRs) on economic policy should aim more at boosting growth and jobs and EU countries should feel that they “own” them. Moreover, the social partners must be involved in the process too, said MEPs in Tuesday’s debate with Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis and Commissioners Marianne Thyssen and Pierre Moscovici. The event was jointly organised by the Economic and Monetary Affairs and Employment and Social Affairs committees.
MEPs called on the European Commission to pay more attention to national specificities and possible spillover effects on other countries - and the Eurozone as a whole - when deciding on the CSRs. They also advocated stepping up the involvement of national parliaments and social partners when deciding on structural reforms so as to strengthen the sense of national ownership.
The CSRs will need to be endorsed at this week's European Council summit of EU leaders and formally approved by economy and finance ministers on 14 July.