Eurogroup work programme
The Eurogroup adopts its work programme every 6 months. Each programme broadly defines the main areas on which the Eurogroup plans to focus its efforts. It also sets out preliminary agendas for upcoming Eurogroup meetings. These agendas are indicative and may change according to circumstances.
In the first half of 2016, the Eurogroup will focus on bolstering economic growth and job creation, given that the recovery in the euro area remains modest and taking into account the slowdown in emerging markets. The Eurogroup will therefore encourage structural reforms and growth-friendly fiscal consolidation.
The Eurogroup intends to focus its work in this first semester of 2016 on:
- economic policy coordination among the euro area member states
- reviews of the ongoing economic adjustment programmes
- euro area aspects of the banking union
Economic policy coordination
The Eurogroup plans to:
- discuss the 2016 policy recommendations for the euro area in the context of the European Semester
- hold regular thematic discussions on growth and jobs related to the implementation of 2015 and 2016 policy recommendations. The aim is to identify the best ways to implement structural policies which would be beneficial for the member states and the euro area as a whole
- hold follow-up discussions on the draft budgetary plans of the euro area member states
- monitor financial and macroeconomic stability developments in the euro area
Reviews in programme and post-programme countries
The Eurogroup will continue to review ongoing economic adjustment programmes in euro area countries receiving financial assistance.
It will also be involved in the post-programme surveillance process in countries that have received financial assistance in the past.
The Eurogroup will continue to pay close attention to the aspects of further development of the banking union that are relevant to the euro area. In particular, it intends to focus on better understanding and minimising risks within the banking union to establish a true level playing field.
The Eurogroup will also continue to provide input to the EU leaders' discussions on the deepening of the Economic and Monetary Union.