Education and economic growth – the two sides of the same coin

2013-11-21 22.53.34The link between education and economic growth was the topic of a conference organized by the European Liberal Forum, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom and Alternative Libérale on November 21st. The round table, held in Aix en Provence, gathered experts and politicians from across Europe to discuss the impact of education systems on the economy and the well-being of the citizens.

In a context of economic downturn and skyrocketing unemployment, in which risks of social exclusion, poverty and the resulting cost for society are high, the issue at stake was to discuss best practices in the field of education that could boost the economy. Of course, possible reforms of the education systems in crisis-ridden countries are not the remedy to all economic difficulties, but they are one component of a long-term solution to increase European competitiveness. Continue reading

Entrepreneurship: unleashing France’s potential

IMG_2973France remains a major economic player. It ranks 5th worldwide in terms of GDP per capita and is in 4th position in attracting Foreign Direct Investments (FDI). However, preoccupation about the future of France is growing in Paris and Brussels. Indeed, job creation is stagnating, unemployment rising and entrepreneurs encounter heavy burdens hampering their efforts to do business and thus contribute to economic growth.

France’s entrepreneurial potential and the necessary measures to support it, were the topics of a conference organized by the European Liberal Forum, Alternative Libérale and the Friedrich Naumann Stiftung’s Brussels office on 6 April in Paris. The event took place at the Société d’encouragement pour l’industrie nationale, a private association created in 1801, counting numerous famous members such as the Montgolfier brothers, Louis Lumière, Gustave Eiffel and Louis Pasteur. It is the place where the Lumière brothers presented their “cinématographe” for the first time to a room full of interested investors. Léon Gaumont, the father of cinematography, was sitting in that room on that crucial day.

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