This year’s report provides an assessment of Lisbon Strategy. It asks whether the EU is really moving in the direction of knowledge-based growth, examines whether the EU has witnessed the creation of more and better jobs and considers whether the Union is succeeding in attaining greater social cohesion.

The report highlights:

  • The discrepancy between the initial targets set in 2000 and the results achieved so far. There has been only limited progress in the areas of lifelong learning, school drop-out rates and investment in research and development.
  • Employment creation has risen… but mainly through part-time and temporary jobs.
  • The wage share of workers has significantly declined.

The report concludes that raising social and environmental standards could assist in ensuring sustainable growth and a healthier, more cohesive society.

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