This Communication sets out an analysis of what has happened in the framework of the Europe 2020 strategy so far. In many respects, this period has been used to lay the foundations for results that should come through in the coming years.

The Commission has also sought to show the impact of the crisis on the expected results.

The Commission has not drawn policy conclusions nor made policy recommendations at this stage. Given the enormity of the change that the EU, its Member States, cities and regions have undergone as a result of the crisis, the Commission considers it necessary to launch an EU-wide consultation of all stakeholders on the lessons to be learned and on the main factors that should shape the next stages of the EU's postcrisis growth strategy.

The Commission will run a public consultation, based on the analysis in this Communication, inviting all interested parties to contribute their views.