Eurogroup work programme

Eurogroup

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 depending on circumstances.

Priorities for the first semester of 2017

In the first half of 2017, the Eurogroup will focus primarily on economic policy coordination with the aim of strengthening shorter- and longer-term growth prospects and ensuring sound public finances. The Eurogroup will particularly encourage the implementation of structural reforms.

Economic policy coordination

The Eurogroup intends to hold regular exchanges on best policy practices and implementation of the structural reforms recommended for the euro area in the context of the European Semester. The aim is to ensure that both the member states and the euro area as a whole benefit from the identified best practices, and to aim at achieving consensual benchmarking of these efforts where possible.

The Eurogroup will also monitor the euro area member states' effort to ensure sound fiscal policies and keep track of the aggregate fiscal stance of the euro area and its composition.

A thorough follow-up to the discussion on draft budgetary plans for 2017 is high on the agenda too.

The Eurogroup will closely monitor developments affecting financial and macroeconomic stability  in the euro area.

It will also look into how the euro area member states to whom the excessive deficit procedure applies are implementing relevant recommendations.

Reviews in programme and post-programme countries

The Eurogroup will continue to review the ongoing economic adjustment programme in Greece.

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

Banking union

The Eurogroup will continue to follow closely euro-area aspects of the ongoing work to further strengthen the banking union.

Other tasks

The Eurogroup will continue to provide input for the EU leaders' discussions on deepening of the Economic and Monetary Union and the preparation of international meetings.