About: Lisbon strategy

EU Priorities 2020 24-03-2010

BusinessEurope: EU strategy ‘should be more focused on the short term’

As European leaders prepare to meet in Brussels this week to discuss long-term economic plans (25-26 March), Jürgen R. Thumann, president of EU employers' lobby group BusinessEurope, warns that discussions need to have a greater sense of urgency.
EU Priorities 2020 03-02-2010

Industrialist: 1.2 million engineers needed to make EU competitive

Realistic targets, shared commitments and scientific education are the three ingredients which Wim Philippa, secretary-general of the European Round Table of Industrialists, believes are needed to make the EU fit for the challenges which lie ahead.

Think-tank leader: EU’s 2020 strategy ‘too short-termist’

The EU's 2020 strategy to build a sustainable future beyond the current economic crisis is too short-termist and fails to address the fundamental problems of the current growth model, Philippe Herzog, founder of the Confrontations Europe think-tank, told EURACTIV in an interview.
EU Priorities 2020 03-12-2009

Delors: I could be more critical of the Lisbon Treaty

In an exclusive interview with EURACTIV, former European Commission President Jacques Delors explained that there are parts of the Lisbon Treaty which he disagrees with or is less than favourable towards. 

MEP: ‘We need to reform global governance’

A special European Parliament committee set up to advise the EU on the road to economic recovery should have different priorities to those of the European institutions, its rapporteur insists. The committee needs a long-term view to tackle global imbalances, unemployment and the EU's role in global governance, French Socialist MEP Pervenche Berès told EURACTIV in an interview.
Regional Policy 06-10-2009

Local Rep: ‘Regions have a lot to offer on Lisbon Strategy review’

A consultation of European local authorities and cities has revealed strong criticism of the way the Lisbon Strategy for growth and jobs has been implemented across the 27 member states of the European Union. Christine Chapman, rapporteur on the consultation for the Committee of the Regions, spoke to EURACTIV in an interview.
EU Priorities 2020 24-06-2009

EU official: ‘New narrative’ needed for Lisbon Agenda

The Lisbon Strategy for growth and jobs, the European Commission’s flagship policy agenda for the past five years, has a "branding problem" and needs to be revisited, according to a top EU official.

Rodrigues: EU needs ‘greener’ Lisbon Agenda

Maria João Rodrigues, one of the architects of the EU's Lisbon Strategy for growth and jobs, believes the EU needs a revised strategy which is greener, with a stronger focus on climate change and energy. She spoke to EURACTIV in an interview on the sidelines of the European Business Summit.
EU Priorities 2020 23-02-2009

Former EU social chief: Beware protectionist ‘boomerang’

Greek member of Parliament and former Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs, Anna Diamantopoulou, told EURACTIV in an interview that Europe should fight protectionism, which she sees as a ‘boomerang’ that hits back countries trying to restrict competition and free trade.

ALDE chief: Lisbon Strategy musn’t fall victim to treaty crisis

The EU is running the risk of putting its growth and jobs efforts on the backburner over the rescue mission for the Lisbon Treaty, British MEP Graham Watson, the leader of the ALDE faction in the European Parliament, warned in an interview with EURACTIV.

Cohen-Tanugi: Lisbon Strategy ‘inadequate’ answer to globalisation

The current Lisbon Strategy will not be sufficient for Europe to compete with fast-growing Asian economies and needs to be upgraded to a "Lisbon Plus" agenda that encompasses the bloc's external economic policies, Laurent Cohen-Tanugi, the author of a report for the French government entitled "A European strategy for globalisation" told EURACTIV France.
Future EU 21-03-2005

PES President: Painful reforms only get two years to show their worth.

Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, Danish MEP and president of the Party of European Socialists, talks to EURACTIV about how to get popular backing for tough reforms needed to make the Lisbon strategy succeed. 
Climate change 14-03-2005

EEA Director: environmental regulation not to blame for Lisbon failure

Better implementation - not cutting down on environmental legislation - is required to balance out the three dimensions of the Lisbon strategy, EEA Director Jacqueline McGlade has told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Future EU 11-03-2005

Interview: Guy Verhofstadt, Prime Minister of Belgium

Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt responds to questions about his paper criticising the Commission's proposals on using the open coordination method and national action plans to advance the Lisbon reforms agenda.
Elections 28-05-2004

Interview: Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, President of the PES

Poul Rasmussen, President of the Party of the European Socialists (PES), advocates a strong focus on education, research and innovation to keep Europe competitive and avoid delocalisation.