Start Strong Report to the European Commission on the Country Specific Recommendation for Ireland on ‘childcare’

Published date: 
Thursday, January 16, 2014

While the European Commission cannot dictate the Irish Government's Budget, its recommendations carry significant weight. Ireland may have left the Troika's economic programme, but the Government's annual Budget is organised within the European budgetary cycle.

As part of this annual cycle, the European Commission each year makes "Country Specific Recommendations" for each country. Its 2014 recommendations for Ireland, published last summer called on the Government to do something about the cost of 'childcare'.

Over the next few months, the Commission will be assessing what the Government has done over the year in response to its 2014 recommendations. And it will then publish its 2015 Country Specific Recommendations this summer, which are sure to impact on the Government's autumn Budget.

Start Strong recently made a submission to the European Commission, giving our assessment of the Government's actions over the last 12 months, and making suggestions on what the Commission should say in its 2015 Country Specific Recommendations.

Catriona Graham