The Lisbon Strategy describe a strategy of the European Union to became “the most dynamic and competitive knowledge-based economy in the world capable of sustainable economic growth with more and better jobs and greater social cohesion, and respect for the environment by 2010”. The stratagy became this name because it was set out in Lisbon by the European Council in March 2000. This strategy is based on three pillars:
The filst one is the economic pillar. The aim of this steb is to prepare the ground for the transition to a competitive, dynamic, knowledge based economy.
The second pillar represents the social side of the strategy. The aim is to modernise the European social model by investing in human resources and compating social exclusion. This pillar also includes investment of the member states of the EU in education and training.
The third pillar represents the environmental part and should insure that the economic growth will not paid by polution of the environment.
The results of the strategy was for each country differend. Wim Kok, former Prime Minister of the Netherlands showed that some countries encrased their employment rate but in some countries the implementation was not successful. Therefore the representatns of the member states decided to approve a new partnership aimed at focusing efforts on the achivement of stronger growth in the economy and the creation of more and better jobs. There change some points of the strategy, so that the conceptual soundness of the strategy be translated into more favourable results and decided to elaborating a National Reform Plan for the period to 200/08 based on the 24 Lisbon Guidelines.