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Karl Aiginger (2016), undefinedNew Dynamics for Europe: Reaping the Benefits of Socio-ecological Transition. Synthesis Report Part I. Executive Summary

Karl Aiginger (2016), undefinedNew Dynamics for Europe: Reaping the Benefits of Socio-ecological Transition. Synthesis Report Part I

Harald Badinger, David Bailey, Lisa De Propris, Peter Huber, Jürgen Janger, Kurt Kratena, Hans Pitlik, Thomas Sauer, Renaud Thillaye and Jeroen van den Bergh (2016), undefinedNew Dynamics for Europe: Reaping the Benefits of Socio-ecological Transition. Synthesis Report Part II


Quick Impact of WWWforEurope Results on Policy Decisions

Before Easter, the European Commission’s recommendation on the establishment of National Competitiveness Boards for the Euro Area (COM (2015) 601 final) was discussed in the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). The labour organisations at first tended to reject the recommendation, since they feared it would lead to a downward spiral in labour costs and undermine national labour policies.

Explicitly citing WWWforEurope research, Austrian delegate Thomas Delapina proposed a “competitiveness 2.0” with the definition of competitiveness changed to “the ability of a country (or region or location) to deliver Beyond GDP goals to its citizens”.  Furthermore, it was proposed to change the focus of the Competitiveness Boards from the national to the international perspective, which allows for positive spillovers between the countries (e.g. by improving skills and boosting innovations), and for the boards to be renamed “Boards for Competitiveness, Social Cohesion and Sustainability”.

This proposal was accepted by the delegates of the EESC by a vote of 200 to 3 on March 17th (ECO/395), showing a strong, important impact of the WWWforEurope research.


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Karl Aiginger (2016), New Dynamics for Europe: Reaping the Benefits of Socio-ecological Transition. Synthesis Report Part I. Executive Summary

Karl Aiginger (2016), New Dynamics for Europe: Reaping the Benefits of Socio-ecological Transition. Synthesis Report Part I

Harald Badinger, David Bailey, Lisa De Propris, Peter Huber, Jürgen Janger, Kurt Kratena, Hans Pitlik, Thomas Sauer, Renaud Thillaye and Jeroen van den Bergh (2016), New Dynamics for Europe: Reaping the Benefits of Socio-ecological Transition. Synthesis Report Part II