Chapter 18: The Lisbon Agenda and European Governance: Key Issues for Policy-Making
18. The Lisbon Agenda and European governance: key issues for policymaking Maria João Rodrigues In this chapter, I address the relationship between the Lisbon Agenda and European governance, by analysing the main features of the Lisbon process; the implications of the Lisbon Treaty; improvements in governance; and improvements in public administration. This will lead to the identiﬁcation of some key issues to deepen the debate on a quite controversial but central theme. 18.1 THE MAIN FEATURES OF THE LISBON PROCESS The development and implementation of Lisbon Agenda can be analysed as a political and social process which has involved, in a progressively organized way, the following institutions and actors: the European Council, in its several annual meetings, particularly its spring meeting; the seven formations of the Council (General Aﬀairs, Ecoﬁn, Competitiveness, Employment, Education, Environment, Energy and Telecommunications), and the Council committees and groups; the European Commission, involving 15 of the 27 commissioners and 17 directorates-general, with a smaller group of ‘Lisbon’ commissioners meeting on a more regular basis; the European Parliament, particularly six of its committees; the national parliaments, involving at least their European aﬀairs committees, which also participate in a yearly Lisbon conference with the European Parliament; the European Economic and Social Committee and its Lisbon network of economic and social councils in the Member States where they exist; the Committee of Regions and its Lisbon platform, involving more than 100 regions; the European confederations of social partners, representing their national counterparts and meeting...
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