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EU Priorities 2020 25-03-2010

EU leaders split over 2020 economic targets

EU heads of stateand government are meeting in Brussels today (25 March) to discuss the European Commission's proposed 'Europe 2020' strategy for green growth and jobs. But several countries have already questioned some of the objectives of the plan.
EU Priorities 2020 24-03-2010

EU leaders to push eurozone ‘economic governance’

As the Greek debt crisis continues to haunt the euro zone, EU leaders are meeting this week (25-26 March) to agree closer coordination of their economic policies, according to draft summit conclusions obtained by EURACTIV.
EU Priorities 2020 24-02-2010

Brussels readies plans for EU ‘economic governance’

The European Commission wants to strengthen economic policy coordination between the 27 EU member states by linking national fiscal stabilisation programmes to expenditure in "growth-friendly" areas such as R&D and education, according to a draft proposal seen by EURACTIV.
EU Priorities 2020 02-02-2010

EU 2020 seeks to balance green growth and jobs

Governments, industry and stakeholders have weighed into the debate on the EU's new growth strategy, urging a stronger social dimension and the completion of the internal market.
EU Priorities 2020 12-01-2010

Germany, Spain divided over EU 2020 ‘sanctions’

German Economy Minister Rainer Brüderle reacted negatively against what he described as plans by the Spanish EU Presidency to "sanction" member states who do not comply with the European Union's growth objectives. EURACTIV Spain reports.
EU Priorities 2020 06-01-2010

‘Wise men’ discuss EU’s 2020 strategy

Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero hosted a meeting with prominent EU 'wise men' in Madrid yesterday (5 January) to discuss Europe's economic and social strategy for the next decade. EURACTIV Spain reports.
EU Priorities 2020 05-01-2010

Special EU summit to focus on economy, jobs

On his first day as president of the European Union, Herman Van Rompuy called a special summit to seek a way out of the current crisis and start mapping the EU's economic and social agenda for the next decade.

Barroso pledges ‘to fight’ for EU social agenda

European Commission President José Manuel Barroso this week (16 December) faced accusations from MEPs that his draft EU 2020 strategy for economic and environmental renewal lacked a sufficient social dimension.

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 10-12-2009

EU summit to call for ‘ambitious’ social plan

The European Union should equip itself with an "ambitious" social plan by spring 2010 in order to fight growing unemployment, EU leaders are expected to state at the conclusion of a two-day summit which opens in Brussels today (10 December).
Future EU 02-12-2009

EU hails ‘new era’ as Lisbon Treaty goes into force

The European Union hailed the start of a new era on Tuesday (1 December) after its Lisbon reform treaty went into force, carrying with it the bloc's hopes of becoming a more powerful force on the world stage.
EU Priorities 2020 24-11-2009

EU’s new ‘2020 strategy’ comes under fire

Plans for a new ten-year strategy to replace the Lisbon Agenda for growth and jobs, due to be unveiled by the European Commission today (24 November), risk being agreed behind closed doors between member states without proper consultation of civil society, social NGOs have warned.
EU Priorities 2020 19-11-2009

Brussels readies plans for EU ‘2020 strategy’

The European Commission will propose plans for a wide-ranging strategy to lift the EU out of recession next week, inviting member states to lead Europe towards a green, knowledge-based economy by 2020, according to a draft paper seen by EURACTIV.
EU Priorities 2020 28-10-2009

EU needs to tackle global imbalances, says Berès

Global governance needs to be reshaped to tackle the imbalances that caused the financial crisis, the newly-appointed rapporteur of a special European Parliament committee on the crisis, French Socialist MEP Pervenche Berès, told EURACTIV in an interview. 
Euro & Finance 15-10-2009

Get exit strategies ready now, says Commission

The European Commission has given its starkest warning yet that member states need to have their exit strategies ready for deployment now, as member states face the double burden of ageing populations and a heady deterioration of government accounts.
Regional Policy 06-10-2009

Regions want more say on EU growth and jobs policy

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.
Trade & Society 25-09-2009

Industrial policy: A key issue for Barroso II

A few months before a new European Commission is sworn in, the idea of an EU industrial policy is reappearing through the back door in France as a result of the EU's climate and energy agenda. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Priorities 2020 01-09-2009

Barroso sketches five-year programme

José Manuel Barroso, European Commission president, has outlined his strategy to dig the EU out of recession if he wins the European Parliament's approval for a second consecutive term.
Public Affairs 08-07-2009

PA bosses assess Barroso’s flagship ‘Lisbon Strategy’

The global economic downturn represents a "tremendous opportunity" for the EU to revive its flagship Lisbon Strategy for boosting growth and jobs, public affairs consultants told EURACTIV. But opinions vary regarding its future priorities amid mixed evaluations of the strategy's success.
EU Priorities 2020 24-06-2009

EU seeks ‘new narrative’ for growth and jobs strategy

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. Sweden, which opens the strategy's review process this autumn, will kick off the search for a "new narrative" to make the agenda more relevant to citizens, the official told EURACTIV in an interview.
EU Priorities 2020 03-06-2009

Sweden admits Lisbon Agenda ‘failure’

The European Union has failed in its effort to become the world's most innovative region under the so-called Lisbon Agenda, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said on 2 June.
EU Priorities 2020 19-05-2009

EU begins to rethink growth and jobs strategy

As the recession bites, national governments and the European Commission have begun to reflect on replacing the EU's overarching strategy for growth and jobs, known as the Lisbon Agenda. 'Green growth', innovation and education are likely to feature highly among the EU's new priorities. EURACTIV explores the debate and timeline.
EU Priorities 2020 14-05-2009

New EU growth strategy ‘must include public sector reform’

Revamping the public sector should be central to Europe's new strategy for growth and jobs which is currently being drafted, according to Hans Martens, chief executive of the European Policy Centre.
EU Priorities 2020 25-03-2009

‘Wise men’ chief admits EU failure on growth agenda

Felipe González, chairman of a reflection group on the future of Europe, recognised yesterday (24 March) that the Lisbon Strategy for Growth and Jobs, launched in 2000 with the objective of transforming the Union into the world's most competitive knowledge-based economy by 2010, has failed.