European Innovation

With the Lisbon Treaty finally in the end game after the Irish Yes vote last week, and José Manuel Barroso embarking on a second term as European Commission president, it will be more important than ever before to position the EU’s executive arm as an agent of change, a driver of innovation, and a catalyst for a more successful, sustainable and entrepreneurial future. In an effort to contend with the office of president of the European Council, it will be crucial to give more identify to the European Commission, and embed it firmly as a body that works at the leading-edge of economic and social developments and in the interest of the larger European common good. Against this backdrop – and in view of mastering the deepest recession in decades – this moment is ripe with opportunity to break with “business as usual” and master the courage to bring about promising modernisation and stimulating innovation.
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  1. Here is another thing that is important. Convincing European citizens that what is ‘in the interest of the larger European common good’ is actually in their interest. Until you do that, a feeling of ownership over Europe’s institutions is unlikely to solve criticisms.

  2. Good blog, I come back from time to time to have a look. There is just one thing which I really can’t let go, and as nobody has pointed it out, yet, I will.

    In your introductory paragraph to the blog (top right on all pages) you grotesquely misplace a quote from Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s masterwork, ‘the Leopard’. In the novel the line means roughly: the (Sicilian) aristocracy will superficially adapt to modern times in order to maintain the substance of the feudal socio-economic status quo.

    In its original context the line means exactly the opposite (I hope!) of what you are trying to do with your blog and the Lisbon Council, i.e. promote *real* innovation.

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