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Europe After The Lisbon Treaty. Strategies for the Future

he perspectives of development of the EU assume both development of the particular countries composing the Union and the general supporting pro- grammes or cohesion programmes. Their importance is measured by the funds that can be used to level development die- rences. The EU budget equals only to 1% of the GDP of the member states. If we realise that the major part of the budget is consumed by the expenses of the com- mon agricultural policy, then we conclu- de that the remaining tasks are allocated with dramatically low amounts. This issue was referred to by Janusz Lewandowski, the Budget and Financial Programming Commissioner of the European Commis- sion, during the session devoted to the Union’s new nancial perspectives. Com- missioner Lewandowski asserted that the best spent money is the money invested in people, in education of new generations. Europe suers from a certain syndrome connected in a sense with considerable unemployment among young people. This problem is of a sociological and political nature, rather than a social one. Commis- sioner Lewandowski emphasised, however, that the Union must support young people in their professional promotion. He also evaluated well the programmes addressed to the young, supporting mo- bility and training, such as Erasmus. “If we consider Erasmus we must say that such expenses produce top-quality prots” – said Lewandowski. T Janusz Lewandowski, Commissioner for Financial Programming and Budget, European Commission, Poland

urope must respond to the challen- ges of the globalising world with accelerated development based on innovation. This was pointed to by Günter Verheugen, honorary Professor of the Eu- ropean University Viadrina and former EU Commissioner. Innovation is the key to the economy of the European society. We are still in the process of double transforma- tion, as the economy based on knowledge and the ecologically ecient innovative economy make the key to success. Howe- ver in the opinion of the former EU Commissioner, Günter Verheugen, there is no innovative European policy. There are innovations here and there, but it is hard to nd a joint strategy. It is a fact that the gap between the innovativeness level of the United States and Europe is broadening again and that rising economies in other E Günter Verheugen, Former Vice-President of European Commission, Honorary Professo , European University Viadrina, Germany


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