Lisbon Strategy

The Lisbon Strategy, also known as the Lisbon Agenda or Lisbon Process, is an action and development plan for the European Union. The Lisbon strategy aims to make the EU "the most dynamic and competitive knowledge-based economy in the world capable of sustainable economic growth with more and better jobs and greater social cohesion, and respect for the environment by 2010". It was set out for a ten-year period by the European Council in Lisbon in March 2000.

The Lisbon Strategy intends to deal with the low productivity and stagnation of economic growth in the EU, through the formulation of various policy initiatives to be taken by all EU member states. The broader objectives set out by the Lisbon strategies are to be attained by 2010.

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i2010

i2010 is the EU policy framework for the Information Society and Media. It promotes the positive contribution that Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) can make to the economy, society and personal quality of life. The i2010 strategy brings together all European Union policies, initiatives and actions that aim to boost the development and the use of digital technologies in every day working and private life. These technologies make a positive contribution to economic growth, job creation and the enhancement of the quality of life. i2010 is part of the Lisbon strategy to make Europe a more competitive and dynamic knowledge-driven economy.
i2010 aims to:

  • Establish a single European information space i.e. a truly single market for the digital economy so as to fully exploit the economies of scale, offered by Europe’s 500 million strong consumer markets
  • Reinforce innovation and investment in ICT research, given that ICT is a major driver of economy and
  • Promote inclusion, public services and quality of life by extending European values of inclusion and quality of life to information society.

To achieve these aims there are various actions such as regulation, funding for research and pilot projects, promotional activities and partnerships with stakeholders. The annual report also analyses developments in the ICT sector and assesses the Member States' progress in implementing their ICT objectives.

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IRCs / Enterprise European Network

The Enterprise Europe Network is the largest network of contact points providing information and advice to EU companies on EU matters in particular to small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The Network was launched by the European Commission in 2008 and is made up of nearly 600 partner organizations from more than 40 countries, promoting competitiveness and innovation at the local level in Europe and beyond. This network helps find information on EU legislation, helps find a business partner from innovation networks, provides information on funding opportunities etc. The Network offers support and advice to businesses across Europe and assists them make the most of the opportunities in the European Union. Enterprise Europe Network’s services are specifically designed for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) but are also available to all businesses, research centres and universities across Europe.  The Enterprise Europe Network combines and builds on the former Innovation Relay Centres and Euro Info Centers (established in 1995 and 1987 respectively). The new integrated Network offers a “one-stop shop” to meet all the information needs of SMEs and companies in Europe.

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