EurActiv.com Correspondent's Choice

This article about EU 2020 priorities was published on 2nd February 2010.

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.

A number of member states have called on the European Commission to develop links between economic, social and environmental elements of the plan, as well as demanding better links between EU ‘2020’ and existing social policy.

According to the EU’s overview of the 1,500 submissions received as part of a public consultation process, several governments have stressed the need for new investment in fresh sources of growth.

There is widespread concern that the jobs crisis is continuing to deepen, making the need for a comprehensive roadmap to recovery even more pressing.

The role of manufacturing industries and SMEs in job creation is highlighted by a number of member states, and there is a degree of consensus on the need for robust governance structures to ensure the EU 2020 strategy is implemented.

Social NGOs move beyond GDP

Stakeholders specialising in social issues used the consultation process to repeat their criticism that the draft strategy is “too narrow” in scope.

They also suggest setting targets that foster delivery, suggesting the indicators used to measure success should move “beyond GDP”.

The research community stressed the need to develop the European Research Area while welcoming the imminent appointment of a Chief Scientific Advisor.

According to the Commission, most academics agree with the challenged identified in the draft EU 2020 strategy and broadly support the thematic priorities. However, several academic contributors argued that Europe’s current growth model is unsustainable and that the benefits of growth should be shared more fairly.

Submissions were also received from beyond the EU, with governments from Japan and Norway expressing support, while the IMF and the American Chamber of Commerce emphasised the importance of creating a pro-market environment and improved competitiveness.

To read this article in full, please click here. If you would like to comment, please use the box below.

Author :
Print