The European Semester
The European Semester is the EU’s annual cycle of economic and social policy coordination. The Semester affects health care, early childhood education, unemployment, as well as social transfer and pension systems.
Similarly, the Semester is also a tool and a mechanism which can assist health agencies in their work to improve public health and act of the determinants of health. Therefore, it is essential they understand what it is and how to work with it.
The Recovery and Resilience Facility
In 2020 the European Semester was adapted to incorporate the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) - a €723.8 billion funding programme put in place by the EU - as a ‘stimulus package’ to help EU Member States recover from the impact of COVID-19.
To receive these funds, EU Member States prepared Recovery and Resilience Plans (RRPs), outlining how they would invest the funds by 2026, addressing the challenges identified by the European Semester process.