Two years after the Lisbon summit the Heads of State and Government of the EU member countries met again in Barcelona, on 15-16 March, to assess the progress made since. In Lisbon the European Council had set itself the strategic goal of turning the European Union into the “most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world” by 2010. This was (and is) a bold and highly ambitious goal. In Barcelona the European Council “notes that there have been important advances, but also that there are areas where progress has been too slow”. Where do we stand?
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