Going Global - The Way Forward
Openness to the international economy is at the heart of Europe's prosperity. International trade accounts for 15% of EU GDP and Europe is the world's largest exporter. However this strong position should not lead us to complacency. The EU must continue to focus on the competitiveness of its goods and services - Europe's future growth depends on remaining fully engaged with the world economy. The EU's answer to this challenge has been the Lisbon strategy, whose external dimension was fleshed out in the Global Europe strategy of 2006. Just how well are these strategies working for Europe? BUSINESSEUROPE outlines its views in a brochure, which highlights the main findings and recommendations of a larger study. Both were presented on 28 October 2008 during a major, successful conference which attracted more than 500 participants.