Vol no: 6
The Lisbon Strategy is the main instrument of EU policy. Economic growth and job creation are the most important goals after 2000. EU structural reforms have been subordinated to these goals. In some areas, significant changes are evident in the way EU member states operate. For the first time, after being admitted to the EU, the member states (especially the 12 NMS) were obliged to develop and implement strategies (NRPs and NSRFs) in line with EU goals.