The vision underpinning the Europe 2020 Agenda seems to have definitely consolidated this trend by strongly enhancing the dimension of economic growth and establishing the related policy and governance mechanisms that, among others, include a system of progressive monitoring and evaluation. Contrary to what could be logically expected, the existence of facilitating factors within domestic contexts does not seem to determine a more pro-active policy response of target actors to European Union (EU) policy initiatives. In fact, a clearly symbolic commitment to the EU strategy has characterised the position of Italy. The main analytical challenge of new research path is evidently related to the lack of reliable and comprehensive quantitative and qualitative data allowing for the comparison of a representative number of EU countries. In fact, in Italy, a mixed scenario of usage combining strategic and ideational elements has mainly prevailed, contributing to policy learning and enhancing ownership of EU objectives.