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European Leaders Discuss Lisbon Agenda and Composition of New Commission

by Franz Pichler

On 4 and 5 November 2004, the European Council, consisting of heads of government of EU member states (MS), discussed a report by ex-Prime Minister Wim Kok on progress toward achieving the Lisbon Agenda.  In March 2000, European leaders committed the EU to become "the most dynamic and competitive knowledge-based economy in the world capable of sustainable economic growth with more and better jobs and greater social cohesion, and respect for the environment" by 2010. The report of a high-level working group under the chairmanship of Wim Kok criticizes the limited achievements by member states and asks for more focus. Urgent action across five areas of policy is needed, including the creation of a knowledge society (increasing Europe's attractiveness to researchers and scientists, making R&D a top priority and promoting the use of ICT), the completion of the "Internal Market" for free movement of goods, the creation of a better business climate (e.g., reducing the total administrative burden for start-ups), the "Labor Market" (e.g., developing strategies for lifelong learning and active aging) and environmental sustainability through spreading eco-innovations and building leadership in eco-industry.

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