This paper provides an overview of the CSRs in the field of employment and social policies and, in particular, an update of previous similar ETUI research. It provides a brief ‘statistical’ comparison between the CSRs issued in 2017-2018 and those adopted by the European Council in the period from 2011 to 2016. Furthermore it contains a country-by-country overview of the ‘social recommendations’ received by Member States and of their clarifying recitals,  an overview of the social CSRs adopted over the period 2011-2017, a comparison between the texts of social recommendations over the period 2015-2016 by country and also a comparison between the texts of the social CSRs for 2017-2018, as proposed by the European Commission in May 2017 and finally adopted by the Council in July 2017.

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