EU Competitiveness Council
Business, Innovation and Skills
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk, Liberal Democrat)
The EU Competitiveness Council will take place in Brussels on 30 and
The internal market and industry substantive agenda items on
qualifications; an orientation debate on public procurement; adoption of conclusions on the digital single market and governance of the single market; general approaches on alternative dispute and online dispute resolutions; and political agreement on the unified patent court.
Three AOB points will be discussed: state aid reform, which will be information from the Commission; information from the Lithuanian delegation on the recent like-minded group meeting in Vilnius; and the work programme of the upcoming Cypriot presidency.
The research substantive agenda items on
The research AOB items will comprise: the state of play from the strategic forum for international scientific and technological co-operation, including on an EU/MS-India strategic agenda on research and innovation; results of research-related presidency conferences and ministerial meetings; and work programme of the incoming Cypriot presidency.
The Government’s objectives for the Council are:
To contribute to discussions on public procurement and mutual recognition of professional qualifications;
Confirm agreement with Council conclusions on the digital single market and governance of the single market;
Agree to a partial general approach on COSME;
Agree to the general approaches for alternative and online dispute resolution;
To ensure that details of the patent proposal deliver the most effective arrangements for UK business and their representatives who will use the unified patent court. We want to see a Europe-wide patent system that brings real benefits for innovative businesses, consumers and the economy;
Agree to a partial general approach on the regulation establishing Horizon 2020;
Confirm agreement with Council conclusions on European innovation partnerships.