Introduced in 2010, the European Semester allows EU Member States to coordinate their economic policies and address the challenges they face. The European Commission provides a detailed analysis of each country's plans regarding budget, macroeconomic and structural reforms. On this basis country-specific recommendations are proposed. The 2017 edition reveals that the ongoing economic recovery is stable and that labour market trends are encouraging. Nonetheless, it finds that Member States need to do more with regard to investment, structural reforms and public finance in order to hasten growth and make it sustainable. The lack of digital skills remains an issue in many Member States, namely Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, France, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.
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