Europe needs new ideas – ideas and specific measures necessary to bring them to life
Europe needs solutions – solutions which enable everyone to face challenges, and identify opportunities
Europe needs YOU! – and you need each other
To secure long-term stability the EU needs to focus on the economy, sustainable entrepreneurship, employment and social policy. The pace of globalisation will not wait for Europe to catch up – despite having much to contribute towards the development of other economies and communities. The European Union is a source of opportunity for the exchange of experiences; it also offers the prospect of creating a greater European identity – inside and outside of Europe.
Today Europe is comprised of 27 talented, cohesive and productive Member States, with neighbouring countries desperate to join the Union. It has many strengths – peace, stability, diversity, systems of rules, good governance and solidarity. It has a strong respect for social values and its individual boundaries. Economically it has a market of 500m people and its businesses have good potential for growth.
However, today the EU has 20+ million unemployed. Young people, women, aged workers, migrants and other vulnerable groups form the majority of this under-utilisation of human capital. Neither the public sector facing its huge deficits, nor the large companies facing the challenges of the economic crisis and globalisation, will single-handedly have the capacity to create the required number of jobs in the short term. The hope of a quick return to strong EU growth is simply a myth, unless there is a change in structural conditions, because unemployment is primarily a structural problem and not one of the economic cycles.
Now is Europe’s time to maximise its collective strengths. And you are part of that change.
To inform policy makers and governments
To recognise your successes
To make culture change happen
To engage and share as much as possible
To make change happen through support
To commit to promoting entrepreneurship
Together we will turn Ideas into Action