EAPN released its Social Inclusion Scoreboard on the National Reform Programmes (2008-10) timed for the Employment and Social Affairs Council (17 December 2008), and sent it out to the Ministers and key decision makers. It is now updated.
EAPN hopes that it will feed into the discussions on Lisbon leading up to the Spring Council.
In the last months of 2008, the economic crisis has impacted strongly on the Commission procedures and the normal Annual Progress Report was replaced by the Commission’s Economic Recovery Package. On 16 December, the Commission announced that their normal National Reform Programmes Country reviews and Recommendations would now be delayed until this month, to allow Member States to take on board the proposals from the Economic Recovery Package.