Informal meeting of Ministers for Competitiveness: extracts from the joint press conference by Martin Říman, Czech Minister for Industry and Trade and President in office of the Council, and by Günter Verheugen,
On 4 and 5 May an informal meeting of European Minister in charge of Competitiveness was held in Prague, also attending the meeting was the European Free Trade Association responsible for the area of industry and the internal market.
The proceedings were divided into two thematic sessions. The afternoon session focused on the theme of the European Union five years after the enlargement, the experience gained and the future of the internal market – exchange of opinion by the representatives of the EU Member States with regard to the output from the March conference “EU Enlargement - 5 Years After”. The afternoon session focused on the theme of Reduction of the Administrative Burden, with emphasis on activities which lead to the legislative environment being made clearer and a reduction of excessive administrative burdens placed on enterprises.
Afterwards, the Ministers discussed the enlargement of the European Union in 2004 and 2007 and the advantages and disadvantages both for “old” and “new" Member States. One part of the discussion was an exchange of opinion on continuing the elimination of the remaining obstacles on the internal market and rejection of protectionism as an answer to the current economic crisis. The meeting was rounded off by a discussion of the process of better regulation, in particular with emphasis on reduction of the administrative burden for enterprises.
The meeting was attended by Martin Říman, Czech Minister for Industry and Trade and President in office of the Council, and Günter Verheugen, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Enterprise and Industry, who gave presentations and held a joint press conference following the meeting. SHOTLIST