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  • Sustaining the commitments, increasing the pace. - Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament. - COM(2001) 641 final


The present Report reviews progress made by Member States in the period following the Lisbon European Council to date concerning the implementation of the specific provisions of the Lisbon strategy in the field of entrepreneurship. The Report, which draws upon the evidence gathered by the Commission from the experience of the Member States, is prepared for the attention of the Council and European Parliament. The sources of the evidence are a series of reports of the Commission services aimed at monitoring this progress.

The evidence suggests that, while progress has undeniably been made in the eighteen months since the Lisbon European Council, the pace of progress has been slower than might have been hoped. Against the backdrop of the deteriorating economic situation, there is also the risk that Member States will give way to short-term considerations and turn their backs on their medium and long term objectives established at Lisbon. This means that they may postpone the commitments made there or delay the implementation of the structural reforms. Those commitments and reforms are central to sustainable economic growth and competitiveness. They hold the key to the rise in the standards of living and the creation of jobs in the EU.

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Record Number: 1719 / Last updated on: 2001-11-20
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