Competitiveness (Internal Market, Industry and Research) Council: extracts from the final joint press conference by Hervé Novelli and Günter Verheugen
At the end of the "Competitiveness Council (Internal Market, Industry and Research)", Günter Verheugen, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Enterprise and Industry, explained the Small Business Act. The Ministers agreed on the need of accelerating the work in three areas, in order to respond to the international crisis: access to finance, cost reduction and market access for European Small and Medium-Sized Undertakings.
Hervé Novelli, Minister of State to the Minister for the Economy, Industry and Employment with responsibility for Business, Trades, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, Tourism and Services and President in office of the Council of the EU, welcomed the creation of a European Observatory on Counterfeiting, in order to improve the analysis of the extent of this problem, and to improve the exchange and dissemination of information. SHOTLIST