A European Strategy for Jobs and Growth

A European Strategy for Jobs and Growth

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This report by the European Union Committee examines the progress of the European Union in initiating a strategy for jobs and growth across the Community as a whole. The background to this report stems from the Spring European Council meeting in 2000, in Lisbon, and the launch of an economic reform agenda. The Committee observes that since the qLisbon Agendaq, little progress has been made and the performance of many of the larger European economies has been poor. The Committee has noted that certain worrying signs of protectionist behaviour have developed, especially regarding barriers of cross border mergers. The EU has recognized this weak performance and the Agenda was relaunched in 2005, with a greater focus on the key economic priorities of more growth and jobs. Also, all Member States are now required to produce an annual National Action Plan highlighting the policies being pursued to improve economic growth and increase employment. The Committee sets out a number of recommendations to further push forward the priorities of growth and jobs, including: that the Commission should seek to complete the progress towards an internal market; that Member States should influence one another in the development of good practice through statistical comparison of their economic progress, and agree on quantifiable targets; that the format of the National Action Plans should include not only the successes, but where countries are underperforming; that the Agenda be given a higher public profile.House of Lords. European Union ... Whether that sort of outcome would mean that next year cannot work is simply unclear to me. In some ways these ... Bob Zelig and Pascal Lamy seized that opportunity very well in Doha and I thought lhat was important. We have made ... Jusl as the WTO or the GATT was an essential framework for the management of US/EU relationships since the 60s. I think it is goinganbsp;...

Title:A European Strategy for Jobs and Growth
Author:Great Britain. Parliament. House of Lords. European Union Committee
Publisher:The Stationery Office - 2006


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