Lisbon Strategy for Jobs and Growth: UK National Reform Programme
08 October 2009
The Lisbon Strategy, agreed by European Heads of State and Government (the European Council) in 2000, set the aim of making the EU by 2010 “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”.
The Lisbon Strategy is focused around a number of Integrated Guidelines that set out the European Council’s priorities for growth and jobs. As part of the multilateral monitoring framework of the Lisbon Strategy, Member States present an annual National Reform Programme (NRP) setting out priority areas for national economic reform and policy commitments, in line with the Integrated Guidelines. The Government published its first NRP in 2005, since when an update has been produced each year.
The UK's NRP 2009, published in October 2009, responds to the recommendations the European Council agreed in March 2009 for the UK on fiscal sustainability and skills and employment, and the Council's points to watch for the UK on housing supply and R&D. The NRP 2009 also reports on UK progress in the areas of the business environment and climate change, energy policy, and sustainable development, which were re-emphasised by the European Council in March 2008 as priority areas over the 2008-10 cycle of the Lisbon Strategy. Reporting is in the context of the current downturn and medium-term reform measures, in line with the European Economic Recovery Plan (EERP). The NRP reports on policies developed and implemented by central government and the Devolved Administrations of Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.
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