Trade Union representatives from Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia assisted to a training jointly organized by FES and the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) on 7 and 8 November in Belgrade. The aim of the training was to strengthen the trade unions’ capacities to influence the European economic governance system and more specifically, their capacity to get involved in the European Semester cycle, which lies at the heart of the European economic governance. As the current system focuses solely on economic stability and fiscal consolidation and neglects social aspect, it is important for trade unions to make their voice hear in order to change the narrative of the governance system. To gain influence in this decision making-process, ETUC has developed a new toolkit. One of the key tools identified by ETUC is influencing the Country Reports (or “Progress Reports” for future EU members) on which the Country Specific Recommendations are based. Therefore, Trade Unions should draft their assessment of the countries’ challenges and needed policies and reforms at an early stage. During the training, participants were introduced to more theoretical aspects such as the Semester cycle and the actors involved in the process but also given very practical clues such as how to draft their inputs in order to make the biggest possible impact on the official Country Reports. By invitation of FES, the participants will have the opportunity on a later stage to present their inputs to representatives from the DG Employment in Brussels who are responsible for drafting the Country Reports.