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Commission to push through Council's Lisbon commitments

Romano Prodi told MEPs that the Commission has a crucial role to play in following through on the Lisbon Summit's conclusions, saying he would personally ensure his team delivers.

Presenting the conclusions of the recent Council meeting christened the 'dotcom summit' to the E...
Romano Prodi told MEPs that the Commission has a crucial role to play in following through on the Lisbon Summit's conclusions, saying he would personally ensure his team delivers.

Presenting the conclusions of the recent Council meeting christened the 'dotcom summit' to the European Parliament on 11 April, the Commission President said : 'The role of the Commission will be crucial in ensuring that the European Council's commitments translate into effective action.

'Only if this happens will Lisbon really be a success for Europe. The Commission has to be the driving force behind this action. I am determined that this Commission will deliver.'

European governments signalled their determination to take advantage of the benefits of the new economy at the summit, agreeing on a strategy for the Union that Prodi said 'should make it a leading power' and 'enable it to regain the right conditions for full employment'.

A socio-economic agenda was laid out for the next ten years, with clear targets for economic reforms and an agreement on how to follow up the commitments with 'real action'.

The main elements of the Commission's eEurope initiative were put in place, including concrete measures to establish the legal framework for e-commerce, open up telecommunications markets, connect schools to the Internet and train teachers.

The Commission was asked to develop a benchmarking system for good practices and ensure risk capital is available.

Prodi outlined some of the Commission's planned activities for ensuring the implementation of the Council's plans.

These include drafting new legislative proposals, benchmarking between Member States and coordinating policies affecting research, enterprise and social exclusion.

The Commission will in due course produce a communication entitled 'Towards a new European social agenda' that will serve as a basis for the discussions the French Presidency intends to pursue at the Nice summit.

To report on the progress in economic and social fields the Commission will draw up an annual synthesis report for spring council meetings, which Prodi said will 'be an important yearly rendez-vous to take stock of progress and to give political guidance on future strategy'.m all member states

Source: European Commission Press and Communication Service

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