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20 Jul 2020

Council adopts Country-specific Recommendations

On 20 July 2020, the European Council adopted the 2020 Country-specific Recommendations (CSRs) on the member states' economic, employment and fiscal policies, as well as the recommendation for the euro-area. The recommendations are drawn up by the European Commission on the basis of its assessment of EU governments' economic policies and budgetary strategies, based on national reform programmes and stability or convergence programmes provided each year in April. The Council then adopts the CSRs and opinions and provides explanations in cases where the recommendations do not correspond with those proposed by the Commission.

This year's Country-specific Recommendations take into account the specific context of the COVID-19 pandemic and the activation of the general escape clause under the Stability and Growth Pact on 20 March 2020 and reflect the following economic priorities:

  • invest in access, effectiveness and resilience of health care;
  • preserve employment and address the social impact of the crisis;
  • focus on research and development;
  • ensure liquidity provisions and the stability of the financial sector;
  • preserve the single market and the circulation of goods and services.

The Recommendations are provided for all 27 member states, as well as for the UK, which remains part of European Semester analysis until 31 December 2020.

For more information:

European Council - press release

Country-specific recommendations for Austria

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