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The Lisbon Strategy: Economic and Social Strategic Impacts for the South East European Countries

1. Introduction

The paper aims to give an answer to the question to which extent the Lisbon agenda goals are relevant for the countries of South Eastern Europe (SEE) during the EU accession process and how they relate to the Copenhagen criteria for the European Union membership1. It tries to evaluate the position of Croatia in relation to the Lisbon goals. The initial Lisbon Strategy has not been a success due to the lack of political leadership, commitment and ownership on the part of member states, but also due to bad governance and lack of prioritisation.
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