European Semester: what the 2014 Country-Specific Recommendations say for education
In the framework of the European Semester process, the Commission has issued on 2 May Country-Specific Recommendations that will be endorsed this summer by the Council and addressed to Member States for the next 12-18 months. Education is seen this year as a growth-friendly expenditure to preserve, while many countries such as Italy and Greece have kept on cutting public spending in the field. A special attention has also been given this year to the implementation of the Youth Guarantee in Member States. See the Commission press release and the Recommendations in details. Italy has been asked for instance to “upgrade educational performance and human capital endowment […] at all educational levels”.