Country-specific Recommendations (CSR)

With inequality increasing across Europe and the EU not on track to achieve the Europe 2020 social objectives, the UK-based European Social Network (ESN) has again asked the OSE to provide scientific underpinning of its work on the European Semester. The focus will be on the impact of austerity policies on public social services management and provision, territorial disparities and evidence-based policy-making. Policy areas covered will include children’s services, homelessness and housing exclusion, community care and de-institutionalization as well as services to immigrants and refugees.

The OSE has started a new research project on “Modernising public administration – The implications for social dialogue and collective bargaining”. The aim of this research – commissioned by the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) and financed by the European Commission - is twofold. First, we will shed light on the key messages concerning the modernisation of public administration emerging from the European Semester (in particular, from the annual Country-specific Recommendations).