Is there flexibility in the European Semester process? (2016:1)


The consequences of the Eurozone crisis has spurred increased coordination of member state public finances at European level. This also entails the scrutiny of socio-economic issues within the framework of the European semester. However, this process also includes aspects of negotiation in which the member states are provided with varying degrees of leeway. In this report, the author analyses the interaction between the EU and four member states – France, Germany, Poland and Spain – within the European semester on issues dealing with socio-economic governance.

The publication is in English and is a part of the SIEPS project Social Europe.

Sonja Bekker is assistant professor in European governance and social policy at Tilburg University, the Netherlands.