Europe 2020 Strategy
Update September 2011: download useful background information on Europe 2020 [91kB, PDF]
Europe 2020: what is it?
On 17 June 2010, the European Council adopted the Europe 2020 Strategy. It is a new economic strategy to help Europe go out of the crisis and prepare its economy for the next decade. President Barroso said, “Europe 2020 is about what we need to do today and tomorrow to get the EU economy back on track. It sets out what we have to do now for the next 10 years not what we should do in 10 years time” (José Manuel Durão Barroso, SPEECH/10/60).
The Europe 2020 Strategy sets out a vision for Europe’s social market economy for the 21st century by putting forward three mutually reinforcing priority areas:
1) Smart Growth – developing an economy based on knowledge and innovation
2) Sustainable Growth – promoting a low-carbon, resource-efficient and competitive economy
3) Inclusive Growth – fostering a high-employment economy delivering social and territorial cohesion
It also identifies five measurable and representative targets. In order to meet these targets, a series of flagship initiatives have been defined to catalyse progress under each priority theme.
Inclusive Growth encompasses two flagship initiatives “An Agenda for new skills and jobs” and “The European platform against poverty”. Merseyside Network for Europe’s October Newsletter states that “the structural funds are central to back the political objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy. The direct involvement of grass-roots and frontline organisations will be crucial in achieving the goals set out in the Europe 2020 strategy” (Merseyside Network for Europe, p.4).
WMEN held two events – The role of EU funds and The road to Europe 2020 – to discuss the role of EU funding programmes in realising Europe 2020 Strategy, especially in reducing social exclusion and strengthening territorial cohesion.
Useful links and information
- Europe 2020 Strategy [1.24mB, PDF]
- Europe 2020 Strategy official website has all the latest news and developments
- Council Decision on guidelines for the employment policies of the Member States (Part II of the Europe 2020 Integrated Guidelines) [53kB, PDF]
- Agenda for new skills and jobs flagship initiative [external website] is the Commission’s instrument to help the EU reach its employment target for 2020: 75% of the working-age population (20-64 years) in work
- Launched in 2010, the European Platform against poverty and social exclusion [external website] sets out actions to reach the EU target of reducing poverty and social exclusion by at least 20 million by 2020
- “The European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion: A European framework for social and territorial cohesion" [106kB, PDF] is the communication from the Commission that explains the role of the Platform and emphasises the role of ESF in achieving Europe 2020 targets
- The European Anti Poverty Network (EAPN) [external website] is an independent network of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and groups involved in the fight against poverty and social exclusion in the Member States of the European Union