Strengthening the Social Dimension of the European Semester

This briefing paper is meant to give a better understanding of the European Semester and the social dimension that has been recently included in it. Examining the 2018 country specific recommendations, it is clear that budgetary targets and competitiveness are still the Commission’s main priorities. The objectives must be twofold: firstly, to truly “socialise” the Semester process and set economic and social goals on an equal footing and, secondly, to make Member States truly commit to the fight against social divisions within and beyond the EU.