Has the Lisbon Strategy Achieved its Goals?

By 2010 it was hoped that Europe would become a dynamic and competitive knowledge-based economy. A recent EC evaluation of the strategy shows how far Europe has evolved, and more importantly analyses what progress is still to be made.

Communication and structure are just some of the weak points. The major goals of reaching 3% GDP in R&D expenditure and 70% employment by 2010 have not yet been achieved. Moreover, the emphasis on innovation, education and skills has been affected by the unforeseen economic crisis. However, European funding targeted at innovation, and R&D will be effectively distributed in the coming years.

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