Competitiveness Council (Internal market): extracts from the press conference
Première transmission: 20/02/2012
Brussels, Belgium - Council
Fin de production: 20/02/2012
Ole Sohn, Danish Minister for Business and Growth is chairing this first day of the two-day Competitiveness Council, which focuses on Internal Market topics.
On Monday 20 February, the Council will start with a debate on the Europe 2020 strategy for growth and jobs in relation to the Commission's Annual Growth Survey, in preparation of the EU Spring summit on 1 and 2 March.
It will continue with public debates on three priority areas, included in the Single Market Act, which are designed to help EU companies increase their competitiveness and their ability to create jobs:
- the reform of accounting rules, with a specific focus on a proposal for transparency on payments made to governments;
- the modernisation of the public procurement policy; and,
- the improvement of SME's access to finance through the establishment of an EU passport for
the managers of venture capital funds and social entrepreneurship funds.
The Council will be invited to adopt conclusions on the smart regulation agenda, which is aimed at simplifying the regulatory environment in which EU enterprises operate, with a strong focus on end users.
Under the "any other businesses" items the Presidency will inform about the state of play concerning the patent package.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
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||SOUNDBITE (Danish) Ole Sohn, Danish Minister for Business and Growth: The idea is to encourage members of the Council, we give a full support to the venture capital proposals and the social entrepreneurship proposals, and we wish to conclude our discussion on these matters with the European Parliament, and get the proposals adopted by June 2012.
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||SOUNDBITE (Danish) Ole Sohn: We discussed political guidelines for the country of country disclosure requirements in the counter directive; this is an important requirement to fight corruption and abuse of public funds and the illegal flow of capital. We are waiting for further discussions on the accounting directives but my expectation is that we will be able to reach a compromise agreement to show Europe as the will to fight in behalf of transparency.
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||SOUNDBITE (French) Michel Barnier, Member of the EC in charge of Internal Market and Services: I read closely the letter written by 12 heads of state and governments to president Van Rompuy and President Barroso on the possible growth agenda for Europe, I was very pleased when I read it to read at least 8 or 9 proposals which are already on the table of the heads of state and government: European patent is one of them, as are the subjects that we discussed today, for example the service directive which we want to fully implement. It is the case for the programme for e-commerce and venture capital, and the coming Commission proposal on copyright and collective management. It is the case for open reciprocal markets in the single market. And there were conclusions in December, the GPA agreement, it is also the case for the efforts we are making to help SMEs, micro companies and counting standards, it is also the case for professional standards.
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