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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Appendix 3: European Union Declaration on Globalisation, December 2007


EU DECLARATION ON GLOBALISATION Adopted by the European Council Brussels, 14 December 2007 Globalisation is increasingly shaping our lives by fostering the exchange of peoples, goods, services and ideas and by offering new opportunities to citizens and business. Greater trade flows and economic growth have increased prosperity, transforming the lifestyles of Europe’s citizens and lifting millions worldwide out of poverty. But globalisation also confronts us with new economic, social, environmental, energy and security challenges. We aim at shaping globalisation in the interests of all our citizens, based on our common values and principles. For this even the enlarged Union cannot act alone. We must engage our international partners in enhanced strategic cooperation and work together within stronger multilateral organizations. The Lisbon Treaty, in setting a reformed and lasting institutional framework improves our capacity to fulfil our responsibilities, respecting the core principles enshrined in the Berlin declaration. It will bring increased consistency to our external action. The Union’s internal and external policies need to be harnessed in order to respond to the opportunities and challenges of globalisation. We must deliver on the Lisbon Strategy for Growth and Jobs and further develop the four freedoms within the Internal Market while ensuring a strong social dimension and respect for the environment. This will both enhance Member States’ capacity to compete in a globalised world and increase the Union’s collective ability to pursue its interests and values in the world. Further reforms at national and Community levels remain the key to long-term...

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