Competitiveness Council: extracts from the arrivals and doorsteps
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - EC
End production: 29/05/2013 First transmission: 29/05/2013
On Wednesday 29 May, the Competitiveness Council focussing on job, enterprise and innovation will hold public debates on audit reform and on the modernisation of the state aid rules and their impact on EU competitiveness.
Ministers will also exchange views on several aspects of copyright law in the EU, including on a set of recommendations on private copying and reprography levies.
At a public session, ministers will assess the current difficulties that are facing several industrial sectors in Europe as a consequence of the economic crisis. They will also be informed by the Commission on the follow-up to initiatives carried out in support of those sectors.
Pursuing its efforts to relieve regulatory burden for the benefit of the competitiveness of EU companies, the Council is expected to adopt conclusions on smart regulation. Furthermore, the Council will take stock of progress made regarding the Single Market Act actions, which is a set of priority measures aimed at increasing confidence and stimulating growth and jobs creation.
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||Stefan Kapferer, State Secretary, German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology.
||Arnaud Montebourg, French Minister for Economic Regeneration
||Zoltán Csefalvay, Hungarian Minister of State for Strategic Affairs
||SOUNDBITE (in English) Richard Bruton, Ireland’s Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: We will discus on industrial policy. That is the ambition of the competitiveness council is to have a stronger debate on industrial policy and set out how we are going to move to achieve the 20% target that has been set.
||lSOUNDBITE (in English) Notis Mitarakis, Greek Deputy Minister of Development: Today Europe needs to make choices. Three years ago we made the choice of fiscal consolidation and we achieve a lot. Today, maintaining the fiscal goals, we need to improve competitiveness and create jobs. This is the biggest problem now in EU. We need structural reforms and thought detaxation of the business trough to cerate jobs, especially for the young people.
||Philipp Rosler, German Federal Minister of Economics and Technology
||SOUNDBITE (in English) Slovenian Member of the Government: I think that the position that the Presidency gave is very good. So we are going to support the proposal, we have still some concerned on some other issues.
||Varujan Vosganian, Romanian Minister of Economy and Finance