A Strategy for International Competitiveness and Social Cohesion
Edited by Maria João Rodrigues
273 Portuguese Presidency of the European Union Document from the Presidency Employment, economic reforms and social cohesion – towards a Europe based on innovation and knowledge Lisbon, January 2000 1. COORDINATING EFFORTS TO ACHIEVE A NEW STRATEGIC GOAL 1.1. A new strategic goal Europe, as it enters the new millennium, demands a new vision and a longterm strategy. While retaining all that is best in its traditions and values, Europe must develop as a civilisation which bases its economic and social prosperity on the advancement of knowledge, cultural diversity and cohesion and which plays an active role in promoting a more balanced, peaceful and harmonious world order. A new strategic goal needs to be deﬁned for the next ten years: to make the European Union the world’s most dynamic and competitive area, based on innovation and knowledge, able to boost economic growth levels with more and better jobs and greater social cohesion. 1.2. An aﬃrmative strategy A new period is beginning in the process of European construction. The European Union is gaining substance economically, socially and politically. Initiatives in the area of common foreign and security policy and a common area of freedom, security and justice add to the great achievements of the single market and the single currency. The enlargement process too is now in full swing. These are major historical milestones in the aﬃrmation of the European project. Despite the economic recovery, serious social problems continue to exist, 275 276 Annexes such as unemployment, social exclusion...
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