Eurogroup work programme

Eurogroup

The Eurogroup adopts its work programme every 6 months. The programme broadly defines the main areas on which the Eurogroup plans to focus its efforts in the upcoming semester.

It also contains preliminary agendas for upcoming Eurogroup meetings. These agendas are indicative and may change depending on circumstances.

Priorities for the second semester of 2017

Economic policy coordination

In the second half of 2017, the Eurogroup will focus on policies that aim to strengthen longer-term growth and employment prospects. 
In addition to its regular policy-coordination-related work, the Eurogroup will continue its exchanges on national best practices in implementing structural reforms that aim to improve the resilience of the economy.

The Eurogroup will closely monitor the euro area member states' efforts to ensure sound fiscal policies and will keep track of the budgetary situation in the euro area as a whole. In December, it will assess euro area members' draft budgetary plans for 2018.

Programme and post-programme countries

The Eurogroup will continue to follow the progress made in implementing the economic adjustment programme in Greece, which is scheduled to run until mid-2018.

It will also be involved in the post-programme surveillance process in countries that have received financial assistance in the past: Cyprus, Ireland, Portugal and Spain.

The purpose of post-programme surveillance is to identify whether there is any risk that a country may not be able to repay loans received under the programme. This surveillance stops once a country has repaid at least around 75% of the loan.

Financial stability

The Eurogroup will continue to pay close attention to financial stability in the euro area and to the  ongoing work to further strengthen the banking union.

Other tasks

The Eurogroup will closely follow global economic developments and will prepare international meetings, as well as the Euro Summit meetings, as needed.

Its work programme will also take into account the current debate on the future of the Union and on the deepening of the Economic and Monetary Union.