Opinion factsheet


    Improving the governance of the European Semester: a Code of Conduct for the involvement of local and regional authorities

    : CDR 5386/2016
    : JONKMAN, Rob
    : ECR (European Conservatives and Reformists Group)
    : ECON
    : Adopted
    : 11/05/2017

    - notes that the LRAs – in spite of their broad powers and competences, their role in the implementation of over 40% of the Country-specific recommendations and their responsibility for over 50% of public investment – are insufficiently involved in the European Semester, notably in the design and implementation of the National Reform Programmes;

    - notes that the European Semester builds on analyses that do not systematically account for a territorial differentiation of challenges and opportunities within Member States, due to regions and cities' different starting points and endowments of resources, including institutional and administrative capacity of the public administration;

    - proposes a Code of Conduct to give a territorial dimension to the European Semester - both at the analytical level (by enriching the Annual Growth Survey, National Reform Programmes and Country-specific Recommendations with analyses of territorial trends and the territorial impact of EU policies) and at the operational level (by providing for a stronger and systematic involvement of the local and regional authorities, building on the approaches of partnership and multilevel governance);

    - stresses that the implementation of the country-level provisions of the Code of Conduct should be left to Member States, to respect existing differences between Member States' constitutional layouts and sharing of competencies between levels of government; proposes that the Code of Conduct be implemented at country level over a time span of two years, to allow time to adapt it to their specific contexts;

    - stresses that the Code of Conduct should be part of a better governance approach, avoiding unnecessary administrative burdens on local and regional authorities.