Towards the Mid-Term Review of Europe 2020: Can Europe Get Back on a Growth Track?
As part of the Italian Presidency of the European Union, the Istituto Affari Internazionali, in cooperation with the Department of European Policies of the Office of the Prime Minister organized a conference on “Towards the Mid-Term Review of Europe 2020: Can Europe Get Back on a Growth Track?” held on the premises of the Prime Minister’s Office.
The aim was to highlight the results already obtained and those not achieved becasue of the crisis the EU has been going through since 2008 and to plan a new course for 2020.
Speakers included Sandro GOZI, undersecretary for European affairs, and Nicola VEROLA, head of the Technical Secretariat of the Deputy Minister for European affairs.
The conference was one of the initiatives carried out by the Prime Minister’s Office, together with various other departments, to promote debate on the new Europe 2020 strategy with the aim of broadening the policy’s scope and direct it more towards growth.
Closing the conference, Undersecretary Gozi defined the Europe 2020 strategy with its goals in the fields of unemployment, education and the fight against povery as ‘lacking teeth’.
The comments and proposals made at the conference will be part of Italy’s contribution, which Gozi predicted will be “of substance!, to the consultation promoted by the European Commission for review of Europe’s 2020 strategy, foreseen for spring 2015.