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European Social Democrats Meet in Stockholm

Published fredag 25 februari 2005 kl 11.16
Persson speaks with journalists after the conference

Leaders of Europe’s socialist and social democratic parties met in Stockholm Thursday to discuss how best to put into action a European Union plan for economic growth.

The Party of European Socialists conference brought together about a dozen socialist leaders, including Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson.

The economic plan, known as the Lisbon Strategy, aims to make the EU the world’s most dynamic and competitive economy by 2010. However, EU leaders have acknowledged the plan, adopted in 2000, has yet to be implemented, and it is set to be revised at a European Council meeting in March.

Organizers said the goal of the conference was for the socialist parties to get a common view on what the revised document should look like.

After the conference, Persson said that while the strategy should promote economic growth, it should also ”allow the building of a humane society that we can hand over to the next generation with pride.”

The Prime Minister added that the Lisbon Strategy ”won’t work if we don’t have social policies that allow people to see change as an opportunity, not as a threat.”

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