Implementing the renewed Lisbon Strategy: The EESC urges the European Council to incorporate organised civil society as a more active player
Mandated by the European Council of 23-24 March 2006 to present a Summary Report to the 2008 EU Council, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted at its plenary session on 15 February 2007 a resolution on the implementation of the renewed Lisbon Strategy.
The EESC is very much in favour of the National Reform Programmes (NRP) and their full implementation. It stresses the importance of political ownership of the Lisbon Strategy by Member States. The EESC calls for strengthening efficient partnerships and new alliances with social partners and civil society, in particular with the national Economic and Social Councils and similar consultative bodies. Effective multi-level governance, closely monitored by the Commission, must be guaranteed.