Adopted in 2001, the Lisbon Strategy aims to make Europe the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world by 2010 with a view to strengthening the economy and social cohesion in Europe. Higher education and training are a vital part of acheiving this aim. This link takes you to more information and documents detailing the objectives and actions of this process.
Towards a European Research Area
Written in 2000, this Communication of the Commission to the Council, European Parliament, the Economic and Social Committee and Committee of the Regions. It defines the necessity to make European research more efficient and competative and to invest more into research in order to make Europe a powerful "knowledge economy".
A Mobility Strategy for the European Research Area
Written in 2001, this Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament addresses the problem od the brain drain of scientists from Europe to the US, the low number of young people entering research careers, the low utilisation of women scientists' talent and recommends international, interregional and inter-sectoral mobility for researchers.
The Bologna Declaration on the European space for higher education
The Bologna Declaration, signed by 29 countries in Europe concerns the reform and harmonisation of higher education systems in order to make a competative European higher education system.