Overview of the 2016 and 2017 country-specific recommendations in the area of families and children

Every year the European Commission issues country-specific recommendations (CSRs) as part of the European Semester.

The CSRs set policy objectives for the next year. As per their name CSRs are specific to each country but are part of a wider set of EU priorities identified as part of the Annual Growth Survey.

The table below gives an overview by topic of the 2016 and 2017 CSRs in the area of child poverty and well-being.

Compared to 2016, 2017 has seen a reduction in the number of CSRs across the various policy topics, with the exception of “efficiency/effectiveness of social protection support” and “reconciliation”.

The recitals of the CSRs introduce the country-specific context in which the recommendations were made. They provide an overview of the countries’ situation in areas covered by the European Semester, including child poverty and well-being. The 2017 recitals remain very substantial in terms of policy criticism.

The complete set of 2017 CSRs and recitals can be found on the European Semester Website.

 

Overview of the 2016 and 2017 European Semester country-specific recommendations and 2017 recitals related to families and children

Policy Topic

Countries receiving a family/child CSR in 2016*

Countries receiving a family/child CSR in 2017

Countries receiving a family/child recital in 2017

Child poverty

IE, IT (N.B. ‘national anti-poverty strategy’)

SK

BG, IT, RO

Income support

BG, ES, FR, HU, HR, IE, IT, LT, LV

BG, ES, HU, LV, RO

BG, DE, EE, ES, HU, HR, LV, LT, PT, RO, SI, UK

Efficiency/ effectiveness of social protection support

HR, ES, IT

EE, HU, HR, IT, LV, LT, RO

IE, FI, HU, HR, IT, LV, LT

ECEC/childcare (access, affordability, quality)

CZ, IE, ES, IT, SK, UK

IE

CZ, AT, IE, ES, HR, IT, PL, SK, UK

Inclusive education/

Early school leaving

BG, CZ, HU, RO, SK [AT, BE — young people with a migrant background]

BE, CY, AT, ES, FR, LT, LV

AT, BE, BG, DK, ES, FR, HR, LT, MT, PT, RO, SW, SK

Affordable housing

IE, NL, SE, UK, LU

IE, SW, UK

IE, LU, NL, SW, UK

Financial disincentives to the labour market

DE, IE, FR, FI

DE, FR, HU, IT

DE, FI, FR (migrants), HU, HR, PL

Reconciliation

EE, PL, SK

EE, IT, SK

Youth activation

BG, RO

AT, FR

BG, IT, MT, PT, RO

Access to health

BG, CY, LV, PT, RO, SI

BG, LV, LT, RO

BG, CY, HU, HR, LV, LT, RO

Roma-related

BG, CZ, HU, RO, SK

BG, HU, RO, SK

BG, CZ, HU, RO, SK

 

*To avoid duplication Greece did not receive any CSRs both in 2016 and 2017; as it was still following macroeconomic adjustment programmes.

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