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Brussels, 25th October
This memo provides a first assessment of the progress made in the implementation of the Community Lisbon Programme. The Commission has adopted a staff working paper entitled “Community Lisbon Programme: Technical Implementation Report 2006 on 18 October 2006". This paper provides a systematic assessment of the state of the implementation of the Community Lisbon Programme.
The European Council of March 2005 re-launched the Lisbon Strategy by focusing on jobs and growth in Europe. The re-launch entailed a new governance architecture for the European economic reform process clarifying the division of responsibility for implementing individual actions of the revised Strategy between the national (Member States) and the Community level. While Member States have outlined their economic reform efforts in national reform programmes (NRPs) drawn up and presented to the Commission in autumn 2005, the Community Lisbon Programme adopted in July 2005 covers policy actions at Community level (see IP/05/973). The policy actions contained in the CLP cover areas where purely national action is insufficient because important cross-border externalities or economies of scale are concerned. The 102 EU actions comprise 34 regulatory acts, 15 financing action and 53 strategic policy documents.
The Commission is currently assessing the Member States' reports on progress
in implementing and reinforcing the National Reform Programmes – 21 Member
States have so far sent their reports to the Commission and the rest are
expected shortly. These reports are key documents explaining how economic reform
is progressing at national level and how governments intend to take it forward
in the future. In the light of the national reports, the Commission will
complete its next Annual Progress Report on the Growth and Jobs Strategy, which
will be published and submitted to the European Parliament and the Council on 12
December. It will answer two simple questions. To what extent have the EU and
individual Member States made progress towards meeting the goals they set
themselves last year, in line with the Integrated Guidelines for Growth and Jobs
What have Member States done to improve National Reform Programmes, including to
respond to weaknesses identified by the Commission and to meet the commitments
made by EU leaders at the Spring European Council in March 2006? Those
commitments cover four priority action areas: knowledge, in particular
innovation; making life easier for businesses, especially SMEs; getting people
into jobs; and energy.
 This will be reviewed and updated in the light of the Communication on Innovation of 13 September 2006, the resolution of the European Parliament and the discussion of the Heads of States and governments in Lahti.