EU Competitiveness Council to discuss future of the Single Market, industry and innovation


2013 11 29


Lithuanian Ministers of Economy Evaldas Gustas and Education and Science Dainius Pavalkis will chair a two-day meeting of the Competitiveness Council in Brussels on 2-3 December, which will be mainly devoted to discuss a range of important issues related to raising the competitiveness and growth of Europe.
On 2 December the Internal Market and Industry ministers plan to adopt three sets of Council conclusions - on the European Industrial Policy, Single Market Policy and Smart Regulation.
‘The Council conclusions presented by the Presidency respond to the latest calls by the European Council and cover ambitious political agenda of the Council and urge the Commission to contribute to better enforcement of the Single Market rules, the stock-taking on the mutual recognition principle as facilitator of cross-border small-medium business activities, further reforms in the services sector, including concrete deadlines and actions, and development of a roadmap for reduction of overall regulatory burden for businesses’, – said Minister of Economy Evaldas Gustas.
According to the Lithuanian Minister of Economy, the Council conclusions put forward a number of suggestions addressing the main challenges to industrial competitiveness, aiming for a stable and predictable framework for the European industry and reduction of overall burden of regulation. The outcome of debate that will follow the adoption of conclusions will contribute to the European Semester and will make a positive input while preparing for the upcoming meeting of the European Council.
The ministers responsible for Internal Market and industry are also going to discuss defense industry issues and plan to adopt Council General Approaches on such important legislative proposals, as Directive on Certain Rules Governing Actions for Damages under National Law for Infringements of the Competition Law Provisions of the Member States and of the European Union and Directive on the electronic invoicing in public procurement. According to the Minister, the latter one is particularly significant, as it aims to improve the functioning of the Internal Market by introducing mechanisms that would diminish market access barriers in cross-border public procurement, generated by insufficient interoperability of e-invoicing technical requirements or standards and could help generate savings of funds allocated for public procurement of up to €2.3 billion across the EU.
Minister of Education and Science Dainius Pavalkis will chair the meeting of research ministers on 3 December.