Extracts from the arrivals and doorsteps
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council
End production: 19/02/2013 First transmission: 19/02/2013
the Council will hold a debate on the Commission's Annual Growth Survey for 2013. The Annual Growth Survey is the starting point for the European Semester, which involves simultaneous monitoring of the member states' fiscal, economic and
employment policies during a six-month period.
Together with the Annual Growth Survey 2013, the Council will assess the first report on the state of the Single Market Integration, aimed at monitoring the functioning of the single market within the European Semester process. Furthermore, the debate will include an assessment on the state of play of the Single Market Act packages, which are made up of priority measures aimed at the completion of the single market by increasing confidence and stimulating growth and jobs creation.
Ministers are expected to address the situation of the European steel industry, which is one of the industrial sectors most affected by the economic crisis.
In the afternoon, the Council will exchange views on an action plan drawn up by the Commission aimed at boosting the entrepreneurial spirit in Europe ("Entrepreneurship 2020").
Finally, the Council will exchange views on the review of the "REACH Regulation " for the Registration, Evaluation Authorisation and Restriction of CHemicals. The debate will follow a presentation by the Commission on the General Report on REACH published on the 5th February2013.
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||Zoltan Csefalvay, Hungarian Minister of State for National Economy
||SOUNDBITE by Richard Bruton, Irish Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and President in office of the Council (In English) saying that: It is an exciting agenda adressing the European Semester which getting to the whole competitiveness agenda for Europe and how to stimulate jobs and growth, that's very much the theme of our presidency. I think in the margins of the discussions today we'll have the signing ceremony for the Unified Patent Court and that's very significant event. Then we'll be also discussing with Commissioner Tajani any issues of the whole area for entrepreneurship and I think that we'll look to the future we do need to drive forward entrepreneurship.
||Jean-Claude Marcourt, Belgian Minister for Economic Affairs, SMEs, Foreign Trade and New Technologies
||Milan Hovorka, Czech Deputy Minister of Economy
||Arnaud Montebourg, French Minister of Industrial Renewal
||Reinhold Mitterlehner, Austrian Federal Minister of Economy, Family and Youth
||Tonio Fenech, Maltese Minister of Finance, the Economy and Investment
||Vasilis Maglaris, Greek State Secretary, Ministry for Education, Religious Affairs, Culture and Sport