EAPN Ireland Policy Briefing: 2020 Strategy & Targets

In June of this year, the European Council (i.e. the combined heads of state) agreed on Europe 2020 – A European Strategy for Smart Sustainable and Inclusive Growth. This 10 year Strategy replaces the Lisbon Strategy (commonly referred to as the Lisbon Agenda), which ran from 2000-2010. Employment continues to be a central concern of this new strategy. Financial stability and the importance of Member States reducing their budget deficits is a further concern arising from the economic crisis. Poverty and social inclusion is another priority area, although EAPN Ireland has considerable concern in the context of how that priority will be developed and implemented. This Update outlines the main developments within the strategy.

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