Every spring, in the context of the European Semester, the individual EU countries forward their national reform programmes, which describe the countries’ structural reforms. Furthermore, annual stability and convergence programmes are forwarded focusing on medium-term macroeconomic projection and public finances.
Denmark’s National Reform Programme 2016 presents the measures that Denmark has taken in order to comply with the country-specific recommendations from EU received in July 2015. It also describes the Danish implementation of EU’s growth strategy (Europe 2020). Furthermore, the overall economic framework for the Danish economy is presented being based on Denmark’s Convergence Programme 2016.
The structure of Denmark’s National Reform Programme 2016 is as follows:
- Chapter 2 describes the overall economic framework for Denmark, including the economic outlook and fiscal policy.
- Chapter 3 presents the initiatives that Denmark has undertaken and will undertake in order to comply with the country-specific recommendations received in July 2015.
- Chapter 4 regards the initiatives that Denmark has undertaken or will undertake to contribute to the fulfilment of the five main goals of the Europe 2020 strategy.
- Chapter 5 describes the involvement of the Danish Parliament (Folketinget) and non-governmental organizations.
The individual chapters also address a number of the topics and issues raised in the European Commission's country report for Denmark, which was published in February 2016. Among others, the topics include productivity and competitiveness, public finances and fiscal policy, labour market and integration of refugees, property taxes, the housing market and household indebtedness, the current account surplus and barriers to investment.