RTTNews - Thursday, UK Business Secretary Peter Mandelson urged the next European Commission to set a targeted agenda of single market liberalization for the goods and services that would act as a key to Europe's comparative advantages in the coming years.

No matter how badly a downturn might tempt us to think and act in national silos, the next five years will in fact demand an even greater Europeanism from us, he said in a speech in Berlin.

Mandelson warned that the EU state should not make recession an excuse to renationalize parts of the single market, which would turn to be 'a huge mistake' for innovation, enterprise and growth in Europe.

He also said that alongside ending the emergency flexibilities in European state aid rules in 2010, the Commission should take an increasingly tough line in enforcing single market rules.

Mandelson, who was the EU Trade Commissioner for 2004-2008, strongly endorsed Jose Manuel Barroso for a second term as the President of the European Commission.

He said the globalization demanded member nations to be active in developing people to compete in the global economy. He argued that the new commission should debate on how best to do this by benchmarking practices in education, training, research and development, infrastructure and social security system that allow employees to move easily between jobs and adapt with the economic change.

Further, Mandelson proposed a refocus of the European budget towards investment in research into green innovation and setting a new target for apprenticeships. He also urged creating a single European patent system.

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