Europe, Globalization and the Lisbon Agenda
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Europe, Globalization and the Lisbon Agenda

Edited by Maria João Rodrigues

The Lisbon Agenda aims to prepare Europe for globalization by updating European policies for research, innovation, competition, trade, employment, education, social protection, environment and energy at both the European and national levels. Designed to inspire the new cycle of the Lisbon Agenda until 2010 and beyond, this timely and significant volume explores the intellectual elaboration of the agenda for the coming years.
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Chapter 22: Improving Governance of the Lisbon Agenda: Conclusions of the Debate

Maria João Rodrigues


Maria João Rodrigues The development and the implementation of the Lisbon Agenda have been influenced significantly by the governance of the process itself. The absence of coherence between policies, of consistency between the European and national levels, or simply a lack of implementation are signs that there are governance problems that need to be addressed. This chapter examines how governance can be improved, particularly to promote a comprehensive strategy for a knowledge economy with sustainable development; what approach to adopt to improve the role of public administration; and how to take full advantage of the potential of the Lisbon Treaty to improve governance. 22.1 IMPROVING GOVERNANCE Governance can be improved, first of all, with the creation of a general framework to promote a knowledge economy with sustainable development, combining current strategies for growth and jobs with sustainable development and social policies. The European Council, the European Commission and the General Affairs Council should act as guardians of policy coherence. A first step in this direction is the synchronization of calendars and reporting procedures, with a particular role for the spring meeting of the European Council. The toolbox for each policy should address the diversity of the mechanisms for coordination of national policies, ranging from those that aim to ensure a common discipline and those that focus more on fostering mutual learning about reforms. An appropriate mix should be defined for each policy. The implementation of the guidelines at the national level calls for a focus...

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