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2015 Economic Reform Programmes (Part I) of Albania, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo*: The Commissionís Overview and Country Assessments

Source: European Commission

From the Introduction:

Economic governance has become one of the three fundamental pillars in the enlargement process over the past years, mirroring similar developments at the EU level related to the establishment of the European Semester for Member States. In its 2013 and 2014 enlargement strategies, the Commission outlined a new approach to economic governance. It implies an important change in the economic policy dialogue with enlargement countries with a view to giving clearer guidance on the reforms needed to foster macroeconomic stability, ensure fiscal sustainability and support long-term growth and competitiveness. In this spirit, the Joint Ministerial dialogue between the Economic and Finance Ministers of the EU and the candidate countries on 6 May 2014 already provided, for the first time, more targeted policy guidance for each candidate country.
In October 2014 the Commission invited all enlargement countries to enhance economic policy and its governance through the preparation of annual Economic Reform Programmes (ERPs)....

In this Occasional Paper the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs publishes its overview and assessment of Part I of the ERPs for 2015-2017 submitted in early 2015 by Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey (i.e. the countries officially recognised as candidates for EU membership) as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo. All of the above seven programmes have been made public. For the first time, the country assessments also take stock of the extent to which the country-specific policy guidance adopted last year has been implemented.

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