Saturday, May 28, 2005

A More Ambitious Europe - be updated - Former Prime Ministers Call for More Ambitious Europe Ahead of French EU Vote

A brief account of a discussion I had yesterday in the European Parliament in Brussels on the competitiveness of Europe has found its way into cyberspace.

It was a discussion with former Prime Minister of Denmark Poul Nyrup Rasmussen and former Prime Minister of Estonia Mart Laar and myself on what Europe needs to do to grow better and create more new jobs for the future.

I called for structural reforms - the labour market flexibility of Denmark and the flat tax of Estonia are good examples - as well as new investments in research and development.

And we carefully avoided the subject that otherwise dominates everything in Brussels these days - the effects of a No in the French referendum on Sundaty.