Strengthening the democratic legitimacy of the European Semester - Civil Societies proposals for smart, sustainable and inclusive recovery / Alternative Country-Specific Recommendations 2013-2014
Civil Society’s review of engagement in the 2012 European Semester highlighted again the lack of meaningful engagement of civil and social partners in the development of most National Reform Programmes.
Despite stronger guidance notes from the Commission, stakeholder engagement in the European Semester continues to get little focus in the Commission’s Progress Report, Annual Growth Survey, or in the debates with the Council. This blinkered approach loses a vital opportunity to gain ideas from grass-roots organisations, and risks jeopardising vital support for a more social and sustainable model which can really inspire people’s trust and hope in the EU project.
In 2012, Marije Cornelissen, MEP, and rapporteur for the Annual Growth Survey Opinion 2012, supported a pilot initiative to develop alternative proposals for Country-Specific Recommendations together with civil society organisations. In 2013 some of the same European organisations and networks together with their national members have repeated and extended the initiative. This document presents the outcome: a set of non-comprehensive proposals for alternative Country-Specific Recommendations