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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 first semester of 2018

Economic policy coordination

In the first half of 2018, the Eurogroup will maintain its attention on structural policies to strengthen longer-term growth and employment and to improve the resilience of the economy.

The Eurogroup will also continue its regular exchanges of best national practices in implementing structural reforms.

The Eurogroup will continue to closely monitor the euro area member states' efforts to ensure sound fiscal policies, as well as the budgetary situation in the euro area as a whole. It will also closely monitor the implementation of the excessive deficit procedure recommendations to the? euro area member states.

Programme and post-programme countries

The Eurogroup will continue to follow closely the progress of the adjustment programme in Greece and will be involved in post-programme surveillance in 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 monitoring issues relevant for financial stability as well as the progress related to the banking union.

Deepening of the EMU

The deepening of the Economic and Monetary Union remains an important topic for euro area finance ministers. Following up on the Eurogroup's discussions in autumn 2017, ministers are expected to continue working on this topic, including on the role of the ESM, on completing the banking union and on the EMU's fiscal framework.