European Council, Institutional affairs
When EU leaders meet in Brussels on 14-15 March 2013, they will conclude the first phase of the 2013 European Semester. The European Semester involves coordination of the member states' economic, fiscal and employment policies over a six-month period each year.
The European Council will assess the overall progress made by member states in implementing the 2012 country-specific recommendations and adopt strategic advice and guidelines for member states.
Leaders will also provide guidance to member states on the 2013 Stability and Convergence programmes, and on the implementation of Europe 2020 "flagship initiatives", in particular as regards new skills and jobs, industrial and innovation policies and the digital agenda.
They will also discuss relations with strategic partners and may address specific foreign policy issues.