Competitiveness Council (COMPET): extracts from the arrivals and doorsteps
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council
End production: 10/12/2012 First transmission: 10/12/2012
On 10 December, the Competitiveness Council takes place under the Presidency of Neoklis Sylikiotis, Cyprus Minister for Commerce, Industry and Tourism, and Ms Eleni Mavrou, Cyprus Minister for the Interior.
On Monday, Ministers will exchange views on the European industrial policy and its contribution to growth and economic recovery with a view to adopting conclusions. They will address the specific situation of the automotive industry.
They will also hold a debate on the modernisation of the state aid rules and their impact on EU competitiveness. The debate will follow a presentation by the Commission on the reform of state aid policy to be completed during 2013.
The Council will consider the way forward for the adoption of an update of the Union Customs Code in view of facilitating commercial exchanges, whilst ensuring safe and secure trade of goods in the EU. In addition, the Council will be invited to agree on the basis for establishing an action programme for customs in the EU for the period 2014-2020 ("Customs 2020" programme), as the successor of the "Customs 2013" programme, which ends on 31 December 2013.
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||German delegation arriving
||Reinhold Mitterlehner, Austrian Federal Minister of Economy, Family and Youth
||SOUNDBITE (in Greek) Neoklis Sylikiotis, Cypriot Minister for Energy affairs and President-in-office of the Council, presenting the agenda of the meeting
||Stefan Attefall, Swedish Minister for Public Administration and Housing
||Juhan Parts, Estonian Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications
||Jean-Claude Marcourt, Minister for Economie, SMS and Internal Market in charge of the Belgium Wallonia Region