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[Summer update] Health in EU economic governance


This article gives a brief overview of health related developments, activities and events in the EU’s economic governance framework that have taken place over the summer months. The summer period is what is known as the ‘national Semester’ – the time when member states integrate the guidance offered in the Country Specific Recommendations (CSRs) into their national fiscal policy and budgets. For the European institutions, it is a relatively quiet period, as the (...)
30/08/2015

[June update] Health in EU economic governance


This article gives a brief overview of health related developments, activities and events in the EU’s economic governance framework that have taken place over recent weeks. Country specific recommendations (CSRs) Following the publication of the country specific recommendations (CSRs) in May, EPHA issued its analysis and policy recommendations at the beginning of June. EPHA highlighted the dramatic reduction in references to health in this year’s recommendations; just 11 (...)
01/07/2015

[May update] Health in EU economic governance


This article gives a brief overview of health-related developments, activities and events in the EU’s economic governance framework that have taken place over recent weeks. May is a busy and important month in the economic governance calendar, with the publication of the country specific recommendations (CSRs) – the focal point of the European Semester process – as well as the 2015 report on the budgetary implications of population ageing, and continued institutional work (...)
31/05/2015

EPHA warns that health priorities must not be forgotten in the new, streamlined Semester process


Brussels, 1 June 2015 - On 13 May the European Commission issued the 2015 Country Specific Recommendations (CSRs) – the centrepiece of the European Semester process – and the first recommendations to be issued by the Juncker Commission (1). In line with the new Commission’s revision of the Semester process, the scope of the CSRs is substantially reduced, focusing on a number of specific issue areas where implementation can be concretely measures and is expected to (...)
31/05/2015

References to health significantly reduced in 2015 CSRs


On 13 May the European Commission published the 2015 country specific recommendations (CSRs), which form the centrepiece of the European Semester. In line with the Juncker Commission’s revised approach to the European Semester, the number of recommendations made is reduced to focus on key priority areas. Upon taking office the new Commission initiated a reform of the European Semester process, which is now in its fifth cycle. The aim is to increase ownership of the Semester’s (...)
14/05/2015

2015 Ageing Report warns of growing cost of ageing population


On 12 May the European Commission published The 2015 Ageing Report, which presents economic and budgetary projections for the 28 EU member states for the period 2013-2060. Though the total population is set to grow relatively steadily, the old-age dependency ratio – the number of people aged 65 or over relative to those aged 15-64 – is expected to almost double by 2060. Whereas there are currently four working-age persons for every one person over 65, this would mean a drop to (...)
14/05/2015

[March update] Health in EU economic governance


This article gives a brief overview of health related developments, activities and events in the EU’s economic governance framework that have taken place over recent weeks. European Commission The past month has been a busy time for economic governance in the EU. At the end of February the European Commission published a series of Country Reports – one for each member state plus a collective report on the euro area – as part of the European Semester process. These (...)
31/03/2015

European Parliament overlooks the vital role of health in economic recovery


The Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) Committee voted on 24 February to adopt a report on the 2015 Annual Growth Survey (AGS). Despite receiving the opinion of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee, which strongly urged the consideration of health as an important element of sustainable and inclusive growth, the final text of the ECON report overlooks the economic significance of health. The report, drafted by Rapporteur MEP Dariusz Rosati (EPP, Poland), (...)
31/03/2015

Health in EU economic governance - February update


This article gives a brief overview of health-related developments, activities and events in the EU’s economic governance framework that have taken place over recent weeks. The Latvian Presidency revealed its main priorities this month and outlined plans for work on the European Semester. Building on the European Commission’s review of the Europe 2020 Strategy and the economic governance framework, the Presidency intends to work on streamlining the Semester process, to ensure (...)
27/02/2015

Health in EU economic governance - January update


This article gives a brief overview of health related developments, activities and events in the EU’s economic governance framework that have taken place over recent weeks. Before the Christmas break, the EPSCO (Employment, Social Affairs, Health and Consumers) Council received a presentation of the Annual Growth Survey (AGS), the Joint Employment Report (JER) and the Alert Mechanism Report (AMR) from the Commission. The Council surmised that "the expected recovery is not taking off. (...)
30/01/2015