Co-hosted by : Marije Cornelissen, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance; Veronica Lope Fontagné, European People’s Party; Marian Harkin, ALDE; Sergio Gutiérrez Prieto, S&D and Civil Society ad-hoc coalition: EAPN, EWL, Green Budget Europe, Eurodiaconia, EASPD, Eurochild, Caritas Europa
Europe 2020 and the European Semester are now in the third year, and continue to have an increasing role in shaping socio-economic and environmental policies at national level. Driven by economic governance to keep public deficits at bay, the Europe 2020 goals and targets for a smart, sustainable and inclusive recovery urgently require transparent processes to give a voice to Civil Society organisations (CSO)]. It is legitimate to ask how far Member States are engaging national stakeholders in the National Reform Programmes (NRPs) and responding to the country-specific-recommendations (CSRs). Civil society’s assessment of participation and their proposals for CSRs are a crucial part of this process in order to strengthen the democratic legitimacy of the European Semester and delivery on the Europe 2020 goals, particularly those relating to: lifting at least 20 million people out of poverty, achieving a 75% employment rate for women and men,10% school dropout and 20% increase in energy efficiency.