Lithuanian Ministers to present EU Presidency priorities in the field of competitiveness, research and copyright law


2013 05 28

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On 29-30 May Lithuanian Minister of Economy Birutė Vėsaitė, Minister of Culture Šarūnas Birutis and Minister of Education and Science Dainius Pavalkis will participate in the Competitiveness Council meeting in Brussels. The EU ministers will discuss auditing, state aid modernisation, industrial policy, modernisation of EU copyright law and development of cooperation in research.

In the meeting of the EU industry ministers, Lithuanian ministers will present Lithuania’s priorities for the upcoming Presidency of EU Council. The Minister of Economy Birutė Vėsaitė will present priorities in the field of competitiveness, the Minister of Education and Science Dainius Pavalkis – in the area of research. The Minister of Culture Šarūnas Birutis will introduce the Lithuanian position on digital single market and copyright modernisation.

The EU Industry ministers are going to adopt Council conclusions on Smart Regulation. These conclusions include actions aimed to reduce overall regulatory burden at the EU and national level, especially for small and medium-sized enterprises. The ministers will urge the European Commission to present concrete proposals for the EU legislation to eliminate inconsistencies and simplify the requirements to reduce the business-related expenses.

Research ministers will discuss the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation ’Horizon 2020’, EU international cooperation in research and innovation, as well as advisory work for the European Research Area. The Member States will debate on how to increase efficiency of public funding for research and innovation using joint programming.

The ministers will discuss the EU copyright modernization, the way the digital technology and the Internet have changed the distribution of copyrighted content and how modern copyright regulation could help implement the goals of the Digital Single Market. This topic is important for Lithuania, because during its Presidency will put much effort to have substantial progress on the Directive on the collective rights management and licensing music online. During the Presidency Lithuania expects to start trilogues with the European Parliament on this issue.

During the Competitiveness Council meeting, the Irish Presidency will focus on industrial policy issues. In response to the European Council conclusions, that highlighted the importance of the competitiveness of industry, the Competitiveness Council will debate common EU objectives in the field of industrial policy.

The ministers will seek for agreement on the State Aid modernisation regulations, which aim to simplify the state aid procedures and rules. During the political debates ministers will also discuss the legislative changes in the field of audit to strengthen the competitiveness of internal audit market, audit independence and quality improvement.

Competitiveness Council is going to adopt conclusions on the EU space industrial policy. Also, a progress report on the Proposal for a Decision on Establishing a Space Surveillance and Tracking Support Programme will be presented.