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Europe 2020 in a nutshell

Europe 2020 is the European Union’s ten-year jobs and growth strategy. It was launched in 2010 to create the conditions for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

Five headline targets have been agreed for the EU to achieve by the end of 2020. These cover employment; research and development; climate/energy; education; social inclusion and poverty reduction.

Progress towards the Europe 2020 targets is encouraged and monitored throughout the European Semester, the EU's yearly cycle of economic and budgetary coordination.

In March 2014, the Commission published a Communication taking stock of the Europe 2020 strategy , including an overview of progress on the 2020 targets.

The Commission held a public consultation on the strategy between May and October 2014, and published the results in a communication pdf - 178 KB [178 KB] Deutsch (de) français (fr) in March 2015. This consultation results will be taken into account when reflecting on how the Europe 2020 strategy should be taken forward. Proposals to review the strategy will be presented before the end of 2015.

Also in March 2015, Commission proposed a new set for the Integrated guidelines – broad guidelines for the economic policies of the Member States and of the Union and guidelines for the employment policies of the Member States – that once adopted would replace the 2010 Integrated Guidelines.

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