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Slow productivity growth is clearly compromising the competitiveness of Europe’s economies and enterprises, just as EU enlargement presents them with new competitive challenges – and opportunities. The prospect of de-industrialization – whether viewed as a threat or as inevitable economic rationalization - needs to be factored into the thinking of entrepreneurs, economists and policy-makers. Boosting productivity growth is vital if the enlarged EU single market is to help close the widening gap between its living standards and those of its key competitors. This conference set out policy responses to get Europe back on the Lisbon track.
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