The European Semester report 2020

The role of Digital Government in the European Semester process 2020

Published on: 17/02/2021

As part of the National Interoperability Framework Observatory project, we are happy to announce the publication of this year's edition of the European Semester report, which examines the level of modernisation and digitalisation in Europe’s public administrations and analyses the role played by digital government in the European Semester process. 

The COVID-19 pandemic also had its repercussions on the 2020 European Semester process and the publication of its associated documents. Indeed, the recommendations emanating from the European Union's Country Specific Recommendations particularly reflect the exceptional socio-economic circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 public health crisis, with a strong focus on economic recovery and future resilience. 

The crisis has highlighted the prominence and the importance of digital government and digital technologies in all areas of the EU economy and society, in keeping citizens connected and ensuring the continuity of public services.

The need for and potential of improved digital public services was made clear in the European Semester report, especially in the CSRs of 2020, which demonstrate that Member States are more and more being encouraged to focus their reform priorities on the expansion of digitalisation. Undeniably, eSkills and eHealth measures have been evidenced as of particular importance in this year's European Semester process, in light of the COVID-19 public health crisis. 

For any further additional information, we invite you to have a look at the report here below, or on the European Commission's Publications Office.