Seeking to move beyond the current economic crisis and building the foundations for future prosperity and well-being, the Lisbon Council will intellectually accompany the EU 2020 strategy from its very beginning in 2010. We will contribute pro-actively to the reflection of this new policy strategy, serving as a unique platform for debate and discussion about the challenges we face – and the solutions at our disposal.
Among the highlights of our work on EU 2020-related issues are:
One week before the European Commission finalises its strategic energy union plans, The 2015 Energy Union Summit brought together top leaders from the European Commission and the United Nations under the timely theme Strengthening the ‘Five Pillars’: Security, the Internal Market, Efficiency, Renewables and Research & Development. Miguel Arias Cañete, European commissioner for climate action and energy, opened the summit with an energising keynote on the European Commission’s energy union strategy. Later, Dr Kandeh K. Yumkella, United Nations under secretary-general and special representative of the United Nations’ Sustainable Energy for All Initiative, delivered The 2015 Jean-Jacques Rousseau Lecture and addressed the energy efficiency issue from the UN’s global perspective. The debate was intellectually informed by The 2015 Energy Productivity and Economic Prosperity Index: How Efficiency Will Drive Growth, Create Jobs and Spread Wellbeing Throughout Society, a new policy brief, which shows how Europe could double its current level of energy efficiency by deploying existing technology more ambitiously. Co-Authors, Paul Hofheinz, president and executive director of the Lisbon Council, and Prof Dr Kornelis Blok, director of science at Ecofys, presented the key findings of this timely report, while Harry Verhaar, head of global public and government affairs at Philips Lighting, co-founder of the Global Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform and chair of the European Alliance to Save Energy, served as discussant.
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Download Miguel Arias Cañete Speech
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The Lisbon Council brought together a star-studded group of digital entrepreneurs and thought leaders to convene this year’s edition of the Europe 2020 Summit and the Brussels launch of the European Digital Forum (EDF), a new think tank spearheaded by the Lisbon Council and Nesta. José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, and Neelie Kroes, vice-president of the European Commission responsible for the digital agenda, delivered powerful keynote addresses on the way forward for the European economy and called for a growth and jobs strategy fit for the digital age. Sherry Coutu, angel investor and non-executive director of the London Stock Exchange Group; Mark Silverstein, head of product, tech, IP and policy at Spotify; Teemu Suila, chief operating officer of Rovio; Kaya Taner, CEO and co-founder of Applift and member of the European board of Application Developers Alliance; and Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten, founder and CEO of The Next Web and member of the Leaders Club, shared their perspectives on how to strengthen the European ecosystem for tech entrepreneurs and boost the digital economy. Javier Arias, corporate director and group head of EU affairs at BBVA; Pierre Louette, deputy CEO and group general secretary, Orange; Ann Mettler, executive director of the Lisbon Council and EDF; Frédéric Michel, global director for public engagement and Europe director of public affairs and communications at Telefónica; Alberto Onetti, chairman of Mind the Bridge and Startup Europe Partnership; and Marjut Santoni, deputy CEO for the European Investment Fund, presented the next steps for the European Digital Forum and Startup Europe Partnership. The summit culminated in the launch of Productivity and Digitalisation in Europe: Paving the Road to Faster Growth, a new policy brief by Bart van Ark, executive vice-president, chief economist and chief strategy officer of the Conference Board. Dr van Ark presented the main findings of the policy brief and was joined by Chris Haley, head of start-ups and new tech research at Nesta; Nicklas Lundblad, director for public policy and government relations for Europe and the EU at Google; and Dirk Pilat, deputy director for science, technology and industry at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), for a thought-provoking discussion on how the European digital single market can deliver productivity and job creation. The policy brief is published by The Conference Board and the Centre for Innovation Economics, a multi-disciplinary centre managed by the Lisbon Council.
Watch President José Manuel Barroso's Keynote
Watch Introduction by Ann Mettler
Watch Q&A Session with President José Manuel Barroso
Watch Vice-President Neelie Kroes' Keynote
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The Lisbon Council hosted the Brussels launch of Turbulent and Mighty Continent: What Future for Europe?, the new book by Anthony Giddens, former director of the London School of Economics. Lord Giddens delivered The 2013 Jean Jacques Rousseau Lecture and presented an array of new ideas for energizing the European project. Joaquín Almunia, vice-president of the European Commission and commissioner responsible for competition, served as discussant.
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Held on the eve of the crucial European Council Spring Meeting, the Europe 2020 Summit -- hosted by the Lisbon Council in collaboration with the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union -- examined the actions that should be taken in 2013 to consolidate the gains of past crisis fighting and lay a solid foundation for future prosperity and growth. Enda Kenny, Taoiseach of Ireland and head of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, delivered The 2013 Robert Schuman Lecture, in which he spoke about the Irish Government’s priorities for the six-month rotating presidency and his expectations for the upcoming heads of state summit. Addressing The Europe 2020 Summit for the third time, José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, gave a compelling keynote, detailing the actions taken at the European level to restore confidence throughout the EU. Holger Schmieding, chief economist of Berenberg Bank, presented The Spring 2013 Update of the Euro Plus Monitor, a joint project of the Lisbon Council and Berenberg Bank, which ranks European countries for adjustment progress and overall economic health. Leszek Balcerowicz, professor of economics at the Warsaw School of Economics, former deputy prime minister and minister of finance of Poland, weighed in with a special message on the policies Europe needs to restore growth (Prof. Balcerowicz will serve as co-chair of the Growth and Competitiveness Commission, a Lisbon Council initiative which was launched at the Summit.) Margareta Drzeniek, director and senior economist at the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Network; William E. Kennard, ambassador of the United States to the EU; Dirk Pilat, director for science, technology and industry at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (who also joined the launch of Innovation Economics, a new centre of excellence at the Lisbon Council); and Mark Spelman, global head of strategy at Accenture also spoke in a panel on European Economic Outlook: How to Overcome the Crisis and Restore Growth and Jobs.
Watch Taoiseach Enda Kenny's Robert Schuman Lecture
Watch President José Manuel Barroso's Keynote
Read Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s Robert Schuman Lecture
Read President José Manuel Barroso’s Keynote
Watch Leszek Balcerowicz’s Special Message
Download The Euro Plus Monitor Spring 2013 Update
View Margareta Drzeniek’s Presentation
View Dirk Pilat’s Presentation
View Holger Schmieding’s Presentation
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The 2012 Euro Plus Monitor, the authoritative competitiveness indicator jointly published each year by Berenberg Bank and the Lisbon Council, was officially launched in Brussels. It ranks the 17 eurozone countries plus Poland, Sweden and the United Kingdom on a range of key macro-economic indicators and provides a comprehensive view of progress – or retreat – throughout the major European economies. Holger Schmieding, chief economist of Berenberg Bank and principal author of The 2012 Euro Plus Monitor, presented the study’s cutting-edge conclusions, setting out the latest economic figures and focused in particular on how to prepare for the return to growth. Marco Buti, director-general of economic and financial affairs at the European Commission, served as an insightful discussant and provided his take on the state of the eurozone.
In the week leading up to the Spring European Council, The Europe 2020 Summit convened under the timely theme of Unleashing Growth and Creating Jobs. Organised in collaboration with the Danish EU Presidency, the Summit animated an informed and solution-oriented debate about how to kick-start growth and employment in Europe. José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, gave a powerful keynote address calling for greater focus on the European growth and jobs agenda. Alessandro Leipold, chief economist of the Lisbon Council and former acting director of the European Department at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) presented a new policy brief entitled Lessons in Crisis Management: Making the European Stability Mechanism Work, which was launched at the Summit. His presentation was followed by remarks from Lucio Vinhas de Souza, managing director and sovereign chief economist, Moody’s Investors Service. In addition, Nicolai Wammen, minister for European affairs of Denmark, keynoted the High-Level Policy Panel entitled In Pursuit of a European Growth Agenda: Action Items for 2012 with Jean-Luc Schneider, deputy director, policy studies branch, economics department, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); Beñat Bilbao-Osorio, associate director and economist, Centre for Global Competitiveness and Performance, World Economic Forum; and Yannis Stournaras, general director, Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE), Greece. In a closing session, David Lidington, minister for European affairs of the United Kingdom, and Enzo Moavero Milanesi, minister for European affairs of Italy, made a joint appearance, laying out their respective visions – and joint initiative – to kick-start growth and jobs.
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Watch Minister Wammen's Speech
Watch Minister Lidington's Speech
Watch Minister Moavero Milanesi's Speech
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Read Minister Lidington’s Speech
View Alessandro Leipold’s Presentation
View Beñat Bilbao-Osorio’s Presentation
View Yannis Stournaras’ Presentation
Watch Vox Populi Video on Europe's Economic Priorities
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View Photos from The Europe 2020 Summmit on flickr Photostream
As the eurozone crisis intensifies and the European Council prepares to take up the Euro Plus Pact at its all-important December summit, The 2011 Euro Summit convened under the theme of Towards Fiscal Sustainability and Increased Competitiveness. Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Council, delivered a fascinating and powerful keynote, highlighting the need for restoring European competitiveness to overcome the crisis. Dr. Holger Schmieding, chief economist of Berenberg Bank, presented The 2011 Euro Plus Monitor, an innovative indicator and ranking launched by the Lisbon Council and Berenberg Bank at the summit. In addition, Martin Larch, head of unit for co-ordination of country-specific policy surveillance at DG economic and financial affairs of the European Commission; Alessandro Leipold, chief economist of the Lisbon Council and former acting director of the European Department at the IMF; and Peter Spiegel, Brussels bureau chief of Financial Times, joined a high-level panel discussion on Europe Beyond the Crisis.
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Watch Herman Van Rompuy's Address (Broadcast Quality)
Watch Highlights of President Van Rompuy's Speech on the European Council Video Channel
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Download Holger Schmieding’s Presentation
Download Martin Larch’s Presentation
Download The Euro Plus Monitor
View Photos from The 2011 Euro Summit on the Lisbon Council flickr Photostream
Just days after the European Commission published a proposal on the next multiannual financial framework, Ann Mettler, executive director of the Lisbon Council, contributes an article to the Monthly Brief of the Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA), the European Commission's internal think tank. In it, she explains how the EU budget could better facilitate the goals of the Europe 2020 Strategy.
In the week prior to the spring European Council, The Europe 2020 Summit convened under the timely theme of An Action Plan for the Post-Crisis World and animated a broader, more solution-oriented debate about Europe’s economic and social future. José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, gave an inspiring keynote address. Wim Kok, former prime minister of the Netherlands and author of the foreword to An Action Plan for Europe 2020: Strategic Advice for the Post-Crisis World, a Lisbon Council publication launched at the event, addressed the conference in a video message. The High-Level Panel was preceded by a roundtable discussion with several Action Plan authors including Enrico Giovannini, president of the Italian National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT) and former chief statistician at the OECD; Geoff Mulgan, director of the Young Foundation; Andreas Schleicher, head of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); Martin Schuurmans, chair of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT); Mark Spelman, head of global strategy at Accenture; Žiga Turk, professor at the University of Ljubljana, former minister for growth of Slovenia and former secretary-general of the Reflection Group on the Future of Europe and Harry Verhaar, senior director for energy and climate change at Philips. In the afternoon, VIP guests debated the road ahead for the Europe 2020 Strategy in a high-level working group.
Download An Action Plan for Europe 2020
Watch President Barroso's Keynote Address
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Watch Wim Kok's Special Message to The Europe 2020 Summit
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The 2010 Euro Summit convened two days before the European Council decides on a historic overhaul of euro-area economic governance. Olli Rehn, European commissioner for economic and monetary affairs delivered The 2010 Ludwig Erhard Lecture, the Lisbon Council’s flagship event on economic governance and structural reforms. In his forceful address, Commissioner Rehn shared his assessment on how to enforce fiscal discipline and revive the European economy. He also used the occasion to stress how structural reforms are crucial to pave the way of fiscal sustainability. The Commissioner’s remarks were followed by interventions from Prof. Dr. Michael Heise, chief economist of Allianz SE, and Alessandro Leipold, economic adviser to the Lisbon Council and former director of the European department at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The 2010 Euro Monitor, an innovative indicator co-published by Allianz SE and the Lisbon Council, was launched in the margins of the event.
Ann Mettler, executive director of the Lisbon Council, contributes to Le Cercle des Européens' round of interviews on European integration by commenting on Europe 2020.
Written by Executive Director Ann Mettler, this e-brief lays out how the Europe 2020 strategy can be used to move from immediate crisis management to restoring confidence and growth. The overriding priority now must be to change the narrative and demonstrate that Europe and the member states can pro-actively shape and develop medium- and long-term policy agendas rather than only formulate rushed and defensive responses in reaction to previous shortcomings.
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Read Ann Mettler's response to the European Commission's Europe 2020 Communication here
In response to the European Commission public consultation on EU 2020, Ann Mettler published a research note, highlighting the pertinent innovations and noticable omissions.
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Writing on EurActiv, a leading EU news portal, Ann Mettler explains why the public consultation on the EU 2020 strategy marks an important turn-around in Brussels.
Meeting in the week leading up to the spring European Council, the Lisbon Council welcomed guests from around Europe for its annual Growth and Jobs Summit. Approaching the Lisbon Agenda’s 2010 deadline, this year’s gathering convened under the timely theme of Devising a Successful Strategy for the Next Decade. European Commission President José Manuel Barroso addressed the launch of The 2009 European Growth and Jobs Monitor, a publication produced jointly by the Lisbon Council and Allianz SE, along with Prof. Dr. Michael Heise, chief economist of Allianz SE. Other speakers included Žiga Turk, secretary-general of the Reflection Group on the Future of Europe, Aart de Geus, secretary-general of the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) and Jakub Dürr, Deputy Minister of Education of the Czech Republic, representing the current EU Presidency.
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Lorenzo Bini Smaghi, member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank, delivered The 2008 Ludwig Erhard Lecture, the Lisbon Council’s flagship event on economic modernisation. Under the timely theme of Growth and Inflation in the Euro Area: The Importance of Productivity in the Services Sector, he made a compelling case for how a better functioning service market can contribute to growth and jobs. In a separate session, Marco Buti, acting director-general, briefed the economists on Europe’s economic outlook for 2009, and beyond.
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In the week leading up to the spring summit of EU leaders, the Lisbon Council hosted its fifth Growth and Jobs Summit. Convening under the theme Leading the Way, Managing the Risk, some 200 participants from 12 European countries spent the day discussing the state of the European economy and explored issues ranging from climate change to human capital. The Slovenian EU Presidency was represented by Žiga Turk, minister and national coordinator for the Lisbon Agenda. The highlight of the summit was an address by José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission. His remarks took place at the launch of The 2008 European Growth and Jobs Monitor, a leading competitiveness ranking developed jointly by the Lisbon Council and Allianz SE. Another highlight was a presentation on Measuring the Progress of Societies, an ambitious and innovative initiative spearheaded by the OECD to make the world of statistics more reflective of 21st century realities. Enrico Giovannini, chief statistician at the OECD, was on hand to lead the discussion.
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In the week of the G8 summit in Heiligendamm and in the morning of a Eurogroup meeting, Jean-Claude Trichet, president of the European Central Bank, delivered The 2007 Jean Monnet Lecture. Under the headline “The Need for Structural Reforms in Europe,” President Trichet called on governments not to be complacent and to use times of economic growth and receding unemployment to lay the ground for a successful, prosperous future.
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On the eve of the spring European Council on 8-9 March, the Lisbon Council convened its annual reform summit. Dubbed The 2007 Growth and Jobs Summit, the gathering focused on human capital, consumer policy and the way forward on the Lisbon Agenda. Highlights included interventions from Michael Glos, minister of economy and technology of Germany and chairman of the Competitiveness Council; Meglena Kuneva, European commissioner for consumer protection, and Angel Gurría, secretary-general of the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD). Together with Allianz SE, the Lisbon Council also launched a new policy brief, The European Growth and Jobs Monitor.
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The Lisbon Council invited Leszek Balcerowicz, president of the National Bank of Poland and one of Europe’s most respected and successful reformers to deliver The 2006 Robert Schuman Lecture on “The Lessons of Catching Up.” One and a half years after Europe’s historic enlargement to the East, Professor Balcerowicz later met privately with the Lisbon Council Board of Economists to discuss the progress of convergence and the policy lessons to be drawn in the old and new EU.
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Raghuram Rajan, chief economist and director of research at the International Monetary Fund, delivered The 2005 Ludwig Erhard Lecture and briefed the Lisbon Council Board of Economists. In a wide-ranging talk on “Getting Europe Moving Again: Concrete Proposals for Reform, Prosperity and Renewal,” Professor Rajan brought a vital message to the Lisbon Council, explaining in detail – and comparing across continents – how successful reforms can be brought about.
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Building on its earlier work on jobs, growth and employment, and after high-level brainstorming sessions in Brussels and London, the Lisbon Council and Accenture published a landmark study on Jobs of the Future – an effort to chart a course for the European economy towards the forefront of 21st century global economic developments. The study especially examines the role that high value-added work can play in restoring equilibrium to Europe’s job market, where our researchers estimate that as many as 14 million jobs can be created and sustained in the next decade – provided that regulatory and investment policies are properly conceived and well executed.
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The Lisbon Council hosted a lunch debate on Ageing and Employment which featured Martine Durand, deputy-director, directorate for employment, labour and social affairs, at the OECD and her colleague Mark Keese, senior economist, employment analysis at the OECD. The session served as a kick-off platform for the OECD’s Ageing and Employment Synthesis report, which was officially introduced at the High-Level Forum on Ageing and Employment Policies later that month. Participants at the lunch debate discussed ways of ending workforce discrimination against Europe’s mature workers.
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Twenty top economists, strategists and thought leaders convened in Brussels for the first Structural Reform Initiative, an intensive brainstorming on the policies it will take to make our society “fit for the future,” and the timing and scope of successful reform strategies. Lucas Papademos, vice-president of the European Central Bank kicked off the debate with The 2004 Ludwig Erhard Lecture. In his remarks, Mr. Papademos eloquently describes the challenges facing European society – and the measures that need to be taken to raise competitiveness and preserve the European social model.
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Wim Kok, former prime minister of the Netherlands and chairman of the employment taskforce of the European Commission, delivered The 2004 Robert Schuman Lecture. In a fascinating presentation, he detailed the conclusions of his authoritative report Jobs, Jobs, Jobs and called on EU member states to recognize the inherent social value in policies that create jobs. Following Mr. Kok’s address, a group of senior economists met for a workshop, analyzing comparative policy lessons of labour market reform, as well as global labour market trends.
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