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The EU flagIn March 2000, Europe’s heads of state and government met in Lisbon, Portugal, and declared their intention to make the European Union “the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world, capable of sustainable economic growth with more and better jobs and greater social cohesion.”

To achieve this goal by 2010, they adopted the “Lisbon Strategy” of political and economic reforms.

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The results of the Forum's second Lisbon Review were released at the European Economic Summit 2004, (28-30 April 2004; Warsaw, Poland).

The Lisbon Review assesses the progress made by the 15 EU member states in implementing the far-reaching goals contained in the Lisbon Strategy.

Along with assessing the performance of the 15 existing members, this year’s Review also looks at the competitive performance of the accession countries (1 May 2004), as well as those scheduled to join in 2007.

The Review includes the competitive performance of the EU accession states:
Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia

The Review analyses how well prepared these countries are to join the EU in the context of the Lisbon Strategy's goals, and indicates where attention should be focused to ensure they contribute effectively to the competitiveness of an expanded EU.

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  • European Economic Summit 2004
  • Press Release (27 April 2004)
  • Lisbon Strategy: EU's website
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  • Centre for European Reform
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