EU should focus on boosting growth

European Union leaders meet this week to try to give a push to the Lisbon Agenda, the plan to make the EU a more competitive economy.

19th March, 2005

While the new commission president, JoseManuel Barroso, has acted to give the agenda more impetus, much of theEUbureaucracy appears tobeworking against its goals. The ominous signs are not hard to find. EU finance ministers gather this evening with little hope, apparently, of agreeing how to reform the stability pact, the rules that govern budget policy for countries in the eurozone. Instead, the issue is likely to be kicked forward to the leaders' summit.The pact urgently...

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