October 7, 2009
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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