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Creating the EU’s knowledge-based economy in East Europe : A comparison of the Europe 2020 strategy and the EU strategy for the Danube region

Mönning, J.F. (2020) Creating the EU’s knowledge-based economy in East Europe : A comparison of the Europe 2020 strategy and the EU strategy for the Danube region.

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Abstract:This Bachelor thesis investigates the creation of the knowledge-based economy by the EU and the EUSDR. The knowledge-based economy has a high share of tertiary sector industries and relies on a high level of education. The EU has adopted and pushed the realisation of the concept since the early 2000s. However, the EU’s East European Member States seem to struggle with the economic and educational requirements demanded by the knowledge-based economy. The thesis explains the components of the knowledge-based economy and analyses how they are applied in the current Europe 2020 Strategy and the EUSDR Action Plans. By doing so, the thesis compares the policy goals on the knowledge-based economy at the supranational EU level and the East European regional EUSDR level. Thus, the thesis comprises explanatory, logical, and evaluative elements. It adds understanding to the implementation of the knowledge-based economy and the incentives and challenges the EUSDR faces in the process. The thesis finds the EUSDR trying to complement the Europe 2020 Strategy and its policy goals referring to the knowledge-based economy. However, differences are found in the implementation strategies, where the EUSDR is focussed on its specific challenges, like reducing unemployment, rural area development, and generating general attractiveness.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:83 economics, 88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/82356
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