Objectives: To contribute to a broad public debate on the transition towards a new European ("post E2020") Strategy, addressing the global transformation of the economy and society through digitalisation and accelerated technological changes (the Fourth Industrial Revolution) in order to manage a transition towards a more sustainable European future. This will feed into concrete policy guidance for the European Commission and Parliament and contribute to an action plan for Civil Society Organisations to help them align and strengthen political and operational priorities.
Στρατηγική «Ευρώπη 2020»
The president of the Greek ESC, Mr George Vernicos, has invited the EU2020 Steering Committee to co-organise a Europe 2020 related event with the Greek ESC (OKE), in Athens. In line with the priorities of the EESC President Dassis for reinforcing the Europe 2020 strategy and giving the civil society a stronger role in the strategy (point 37) the joint event has as its objective to analyse the social situation in Greece and to make recommendations for complementing the adjustment programme of the country.
Chaired by President of Group III Luca Jahier, the conference called for an active involvement of civil society organisations in the Europe 2020 reform process. Using the example of the Grande Région which connects regions in Luxembourg, France, Germany and Belgium, the conference provided the opportunity to exchange views on how integrated cross-border strategies can directly contribute to achieving the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy for a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
Staffan Nilsson's Intervention before EC President Barroso takes the floor
Welcome! I would say it is a good moment, at the beginning of the year, for us to share our views with you, and for you to share with us the Commission's priorities and the Commission's needs in terms of the advice we can give.
The critical situation we are in is more than about economic aspects, it is about social, political and confidence. I feel to say it again and again that we need structural reforms with long-term effect. We look at this from a non-political perspective, from the civil society perspective. We think that austerity measures are necessary, but it is more than about budget and discipline. The management of economic policy in the euro area and in the EU also needs to be more comprehensive and ambitious.
Europe 2020 Steering Committee. Contributions from Economic and Social Councils and similar institutions from EU Member States.
Conference organised by the Various Interersts Group, Sofia, Bulgaria