Over the last five years, European governments and social partners have made significant efforts to make Europe the world's most competitive, knowledge-based economy. But what are the obstacles that are still in the way? Are businesses so paralysed by red tape and regulations that they cannot reach their full potential? Or is it that governments have failed to act, perceiving the necessary reforms as potentially unpopular with their electorates?
The third Foundation Forum will address these issues and dilemmas, looking at ways of simultaneously increasing competitiveness and reforming the European social model.
The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, the Dublin-based EU Agency, has established this biennial event as an arena for Europe's political leaders, social partner representatives, business leaders and academics to engage in open debate.