Competitiveness Council (Internal Market and Industry): extracts from the arrivals and doorsteps
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council
End production: 30/05/2012 First transmission: 30/05/2012
On 30 and 31 May, the Competitiveness Council on Internal Market and Industry is taking place will be chaired byOle Sohn, Minister for Business and Growth, and Morten Østergaard, Minister for Science, Innovation and Higher Education, of Denmark.
On Wednesday 30 May, the Council will endeavour to agree, during a public deliberation, on the main elements of the Competitiveness and SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) programme for 2014-2020.
It will continue with public debates on three priority areas, included in the Single Market Act, that will help to increase confidence in the European market and to stimulate growth and jobs creation:
- the establishment of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms and an online dispute resolution platform to strengthen consumers' confidence in both domestic and cross-border transactions
- the modernisation of the public procurement policy
- the revision of the recognition of professional qualifications in order to further facilitate mobility of workers.
Furthermore, the Council will be invited to adopt conclusions on the governance of the single market and the digital single market.
Ministers are also expected to find a solution to the last outstanding issue concerning the unified patent court, with a view to finalise the "patent protection package" as soon as possible.
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||Enzo Moavero Milanesi, Italian Minister for European Affairs
||SOUNDBITE (in German) German delegation saying that (on the creation of a Unified Patent Court): In Munich, the context is ideal. We already have an institution for patents with a lot specific qualified judges; they could be really efficient for Unified Patent Court. Munich is a central place; Germany is a country with a lot of experience in the field of patents. That is why Munich could be really a good place.
||Kris Peeters, Minister President of the Flemish Region in charge of Public work, Environment and Energy