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The European voice for informal carers

The European Semester : new opportunities for carers’ advocacy – Eurocarers’ Briefing

Eurocarers has published a new policy briefing on the European Semester and Recovery and Resilience processes. Aimed at carers’ advocates willing to use the EU tools as a leverage to advance carers’ rights, this briefing presents:

  • What the European Semester is and how the process has been reorganised in the aftermath of the Covid-19 crisis;
  • To what extent the coordination mechanism has supported positive reforms and investments in the areas of care and caring in 2022;
  • Currently available hooks to ensure that the best interest of carers is promoted in the 2023 cycle.

Eurocarers’ assessment is based on a review of the Semester documents for each EU member state, which allowed to identify relevant content from the point of view of carers, in particular in relation to health, long-term care, pensions, gender equality, employment and digitalisation. This analysis has been conducted every year since 2015, thereby providing us with a longitudinal overview of the way care has been approached as a policy topic over time.

The EU Semester is the EU framework for the coordination and surveillance of economic and social policies. It is a central coordination instrument which impacts a wide range of key policies, defines priorities for investment in a context of constrained public resources, and supports convergence across EU countries. The Semester serves to monitor and compare diverse economic, fiscal and social situations as well as the reforms put in place by EU governments to achieve economic and social development.

Download the briefing here




Published in December 2022


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