COM(2005)24, Working together for growth and jobs - A new start for the Lisbon Strategy

European Commission


Five years ago the European Union launched an ambitious agenda for reform. Over the last year the Commission has been reviewing the progress made. This has led to a vigorous debate at European and national level amongst all those with an interest in Lisbon’s success. In addition, the Commission has benefited from the work of the High Level Group chaired by Wim Kok, which reported last November. Today, there is general consensus that Europe is far from achieving the potential for change that the Lisbon strategy offers. While both the diagnosis and the remedies are not contested, the reality is that not enough progress has been made.

This Report, at the mid-point stage of Lisbon, now sets out how we can work together for Europe’s future and put the Lisbon agenda back on track.

(Executive Summary)

  • 1. Growth and jobs centre stage
  • 2. Building a european partnership for growth and employment
  • 3. Actions to deliver growth and jobs
  • 3.1. A Lisbon Action Programme for the Union and the Member States
  • 3.2. Making Europe a more attractive place to invest and work
  • 3.2.1. Extend and deepen the Single Market
  • 3.2.2. Ensure open and competitive markets inside and outside Europe
  • 3.2.3. Improve European and national regulation
  • 3.2.4. Expand and improve European infrastructure
  • 3.3. Knowledge and innovation for growth
  • 3.3.1. Increase and improve investment in Research and Development
  • 3.3.2. Facilitate innovation, the uptake of ICT and the sustainable use of resources
  • 3.3.3. Contribute to a strong European industrial base
  • 3.4. Creating more and better jobs
  • 3.4.1. Attract more people into employment and modernise social protection systems
  • 3.4.2. Increase the adaptability of workers and enterprises and the flexibility of labour markets
  • 3.4.3. Investing more in human capital through better education and skills.
  • 3.5. The impact on growth and jobs
  • 4. Making the partnership deliver on growth and jobs