My noble Friend, the Minister of State for Trade and Investment (joint with Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Lord Green, has today made the following statement:
The EU Competitiveness Council will take place in Brussels on 10 and
The internal market and industry substantive agenda items on
Five AOB points will be discussed; a presentation by the Commission on the European semester/annual growth survey 2013; information from the presidency on resolution of consumer disputes; information from the presidency on a consumer programme 2014-20 and information from the Commission on the eighth consumer scoreboard.
The research substantive items on
complementing Horizon 2020, a partial general approach on a proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Strategic Innovation Agenda for the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), adoption of Council conclusions on a reinforced European research area partnership for excellence and growth and discussion of a Commission communication on enhancing and focusing international co-operation in research and innovation.
Three AOB points may be discussed; the state of play on ITER, results of research-related presidency conferences and ministerial meetings and the forthcoming Irish presidency’s proposed work programme.
The Government’s objectives for the Council are to:
Support the public procurement package for the benefits it will bring through simplification and ensure that the general approach reflects UK priorities;
Endorse the final package on the unitary patent and international agreement on the unified patent court;
Contribute to the discussion on state aid rules;
Confirm agreement of conclusions on customs policy, Single Market Act II and industrial policy; contribute to the discussion on CARS 2020;
To agree PGAs on the Horizon 2020 specific programme and the EIT strategic innovation agenda;
To agree Council conclusions on the Commission communication “A Reinforced European Research Area Partnership for Excellence and Growth”; and
To contribute to discussions on the Commission communication on enhancing and focusing international co-operation in research and innovation.