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The Europe 2020 strategy, adopted by the European Council on 17 June 2010, is the EU's agenda for growth and jobs for the current decade. It emphasises smart, sustainable and inclusive growth as a way to overcome the structural weaknesses in Europe's economy, improve its competitiveness and productivity and underpin a sustainable social market economy.

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Sixth Session of the IRENA Assembly

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Seven Big Summits: Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

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