“Europe 2020” Review: mixed results
The European Commission has released a communication “Taking stock of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth” to take stock and lay the ground for an informed discussion at halfway point of the strategy. The Communication shows how the EU and individual Member States are advancing towards the 2020 targets. It acknowledges “weaknesses in education and training Systems”. If Member States are likely to reach the headline targets for early school leaving and tertiary attainment levels by 2020; other indicators are very negative such as the “increasing share of young people neither in employment nor in education or training (NEETs)”. The member organisations of the EESC Liaison Group, including EUCIS-LLL, are currently preparing a joint contribution to the Europe 2020 Review. They believe the focus should shift on rehabilitating the real economy, and on investing in people and policies that would provide a real chance of reaching the original objectives.