Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth
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Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth

Political Entrepreneurship for a Prosperous Europe

Edited by Charlie Karlsson, Daniel Silander and Brigitte Pircher

This study explores the Europe 2020 strategy and the role of European political entrepreneurship in debating, shaping and implementing this strategy within the EU. The book sets out to explore the content, conditions and consequences of Europe 2020 by analysing the plan for a future prosperous EU economy. The main focus is on European political entrepreneurship and how the strategy has been debated and decided on, and then implemented from a governance perspective with multiple European actors.
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Chapter 6: Europe 2020, EU agencies and political entrepreneurship

Helena Ekelund


Aiming to achieve smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, the Europe 2020 strategy emphasises skills investment, training, health and safety at work, and other factors that could improve living and working conditions in Europe. These priorities are closely related to the work of three EU agencies: Cedefop, Eurofound and EU-OSHA. Whereas these agencies cannot directly formulate policy, they can influence policy-makers and play an important role at the implementation stage. Given their fields of activity and their tripartite governance structures, these agencies ought to be in a strong position to act as political entrepreneurs. This chapter explores political entrepreneurship of these agencies with regard to the implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy. It concludes that all three agencies act entrepreneurially by applying existing expertise to new situations, and show an ambition to use their networks in entrepreneurial ways. Cedefop’s and EU-OSHA’s development of electronic tools is another example of political entrepreneurship.

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