Country-Specific Recommendations published – Mitigating COVID-19 a priority

On May 20, the European Commission proposed Country-Specific Recommendations (CSRs) for all Member States including Malta.

The proposed recommendations will be discussed and subsequently endorsed by EU Heads of State or Government in June 2020.

This year, CSRs are being proposed during an unprecedented global health pandemic that has shaped the recommendations. The need to detach, to a certain degree, from findings reported when each Member States’ Country Report was published earlier on this year, was felt. This year, economic policy guidance is, to a certain extent focused on the most pressing challenges brought about by the COVID-19 and on gearing up for a sustainable future.

Recommendations this year are structured in two tiers:

  • short-term, mitigating the COVID-19 pandemic’s severe negative socio-economic consequences; &
  • short- to medium-term, achieving sustainable and inclusive growth which facilitate the green transition and the digital transformation.

The National Reform Programme for Malta, another important step within the European Semester has been discussed during a MEUSAC/MCESD online meeting earlier on this year.

Country Specific Recommendations can be found here.

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