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Slovakia turns in mixed results on Lisbon goals

IN MEETING the goals of the European Union's (EU) Lisbon strategy, Slovakia is one of the best in the EU in clearing administrative hurdles for business activity but among the worst in liberalizing its research and development and telecoms sectors, the news agency TASR reported.

A report published by the London-based Centre for European Reform (CER) released on March 17 shows Slovakia evaluated with a mark “C”.

The top performer in meeting the Lisbon goals, launched in 2000 to make the EU the world's most competitive economy by 2010, is Sweden, while Italy is the worst.

Among the goals set by the Lisbon strategy for the EU are three-percent annual GDP growth and 20 million new jobs. A three-percent increase in spending on science and research and development.

Compiled by Marta Ďurianová from press reports
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