Competitiveness Council: extracts from the arrivals and doorsteps
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council / Justus Lipsius
End production: 30/05/2013 First transmission: 30/05/2013
On Thursday 30 May, the morning meeting will be devoted to space policy, which will
include the adoption of conclusions on space industrial policy and the consideration of a draft
decision on a space surveillance programme.
In the afternoon, the Council will take note, during a public session, of the progress made on the
ongoing negotiations of the multi-annual research programme “Horizon 2020”. It will follow an
update by the Irish presidency on the most outstanding issues that will contribute to pave the way
for an early agreement with the European Parliament.
Ministers will hold a policy debate on joint programming activities carried out in the field of
research. “Joint programming” is a process designed to ensure the optimisation of research efforts.
It is a part of the new European Research Area landscape.
The Council is due to endorse a new EU strategy for enhancing international cooperation in the
field of research and will be invited to approve conclusions on high performance computing.
Finally, it is expected to update the mandate of the European Research Area Committee.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Arrival of Morten Østergaard, Danish Minister for Science, Innovation and Higher Education
||SOUNDBITE (English) Sean Sherlock, Minister for Research and Innovation of Ireland: Horizon 2020 is on the agenda today, it is a vital programme to the economic and research interest future across the EU. The Irish presidency wants to conclude a deal on the Horizon 2020 package with the other institutions, the European Parliament and the European Commission. This is an important inter-institutional agreement and we are anxious that during the Irish presidency that this package will be concluded, we feel there should be a smooth transition between the current framework and the next one.
||Arrival of Stefan Attefall, Swedish Minister for Public Administration and Housing
||Arrival of Karlheinz Töchterle, Austrian Federal Minister of Science and Research