Europe 2020, the commitment to smart growth in the EU

Europe 2020

Have you ever heard of Europe 2020? In the latest blog entries have mentioned this norm when, for example, we were writing about FIWARE and SOUL-FI, for example. Today we bring you this post with aim to convey what is actually 2020.

Recent years have not been easy for Europe that has seen how its growth was completely stalled by the crisis. However, the European Commission, far from giving up, has designed a strategy that combines social, economic, etc., encompassing the entire EU. It is in this environment was born Europe 2020.

In other words, Europe 2020 is based on the belief that if Europe acts as a single entity and if the established policies are followed, in 2020, they will have achieved the objectives of quality of life, social and economic desired.

Europe 2020 puts forward three mutually reinforcing priorities:

1- Smart growth: developing an economy based on knowledge and innovation economy.

2- Sustainable growth: promoting an economy that makes more efficient use of resources, greener and more competitive.

3- Inclusive growth: promoting an economy with high employment delivering social and territorial cohesion.

As noted, Smart City policies have a key role in relation to the priorities 1 and 2. In other words, an innovation that contributes to sustainable and inclusive development.

At this point, perhaps some of you are wondering why we are talking about this when it seems pure politics. Well, the reason is that Europe 2020 gives prominence to the E-Government – having electronic signature a primarily role-, in the policies of Smart City and even welcomes the FIWARE environment. It is in technology where we have to talk about the program “Horizon 2020”.

Horizon 2020, was created to support the implementation of the “Europe 2020” strategy and the flagship initiative “Innovation Union” contributing directly to address major societal challenges, to create and maintain industrial leadership in Europe and reinforce the excellence of the science base, essential for the sustainability, prosperity and welfare in Europe in the long term.

SMEs receive special attention in H2020, as a significant source of innovation, growth and jobs in Europe, have the potential and the agility to bring revolutionary technological innovations and market innovative services, not only nationally, but also European or International.

H2020 offers a wide range of measures to support research and innovation activities of SMEs, as well as their capabilities, throughout the various stages of the innovation cycle, and this commitment is manifested in the political target of the least 20% of the budget and social challenges and industrial leadership in key technologies to SMEs.

Europe 2020 has very good intentions and draw the outlines of an ideal situation. However, the way to achieve this is not easy, especially since there are many pieces of the puzzle that must be fitted to achieve unanimity.

To ensure that each  State member tailors the Europe 2020 strategy to its particular situation, the Commission proposes that EU goals are translated into national targets and trajectories.

They will be held seven initiatives at both EU and State Members to achieve these goals. We can point to EU instruments such as the single market, financial aid and foreign policy instruments, which will be fully mobilized to tackle the problems and achieve the objectives of Europe 2020.

Since this rule became public many people have expressed their opinion on it. We found many opinions; both negative, which put into question that the proposal carried out by the standard, as opinions convinced that this will work.

We will have to wait until 2020 to find out for sure and see if this rule is drafted becomes a reality or not.

See you next week.