Competitiveness Council (Internal Market and Industry): extracts from the press conference
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council/Justus Lipsius
End production: 30/05/2012 First transmission: 30/05/2012
Meeting today in Brussels, the European Ministers in charge of Internal Market and Industry debated on the main elements of the Competitiveness and SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) programme for 2014-2020.
They discussed 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; and the revision of the recognition of professional qualifications in order to further facilitate mobility of workers.
Finally, the Ministers further discussed the "patent protection package", without reaching an agremeent at this stage. The creation of a Unified Patent Court that would judge patent litigation cases, is still pending final agreement on the seat of the Court. EU Heads of State or Government of the Member States, participating in the enhanced cooperation for the creation of unitary patent protection, committed to reaching a final agreement in June 2012 at the latest.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||General view of the press conference
||SOUNDBITE (Danish) by Ole Sohn, Danish Minister for Business and Growth, on the European Patent Court, saying that the adoption of the European patent reform will be a major step forward to strengthen the competitiveness of European companies, and to boost growth and jobs creation in Europe. There is one remaining issue which is the location of the Patent Court. The Danish Presidency has worked intensively on this since the beginning. Unfortunately, by today, it has not been possible to find a solution. 31 days are remaining (until the end of the Danish Presidency), and the Heads of State and Government have committed themselves to finding a solution by the end of June.
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||SOUNDBITE (French) by Michel Barnier, Member of the EC in charge of Internal Market and Services, on the European Patent Court, saying that hundreds of thousands of European companies have been waiting for this unified patent. The European business community is waiting for this very much so that it can stand on equal footing with American and Chinese counterparts. There is really no time to waste given the rising number of patents submitted to Chinese courts everyday. Hopefully it will come to an end at the European Council.
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