Extracts from the arrivals and doorsteps
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council / Justus Lipsius
End production: 02/12/2013 First transmission: 02/12/2013
Today, the Competitiveness Council is expected to agree on a common position for a future directive on electronic invoicing in the field of public procurement. The objective of the proposal is to introduce a European e-invoicing standard that would diminish market access barriers in cross-border public procurement, generated by insufficient interoperability of electronic technical standards.The proposal is a part of the ongoing modernization of the public administration sector and another step in the development of the European digital agenda, which includes facilitating cross-border online trade.
The Council will also be invited to agree on a common position on a draft directive concerning actions for damages for breaches of antitrust law. The initiative aims to facilitate damage claims by victims of antitrust violations and to allow them to receive full compensation. The Council will also exchange views on the areas for closer coordination of economic policies, with the most prominent effects to competitiveness in view of European Semester 2014 and the upcoming European
Council meetings of December 2013 and February 2014. In this context, it will be invited to adopt three sets of conclusions on industrial policy, single market policy and smart regulation. The policy debate based on the Presidency questions to ministers will serve as contribution to the up-coming European Council meetings.
In the afternoon, ministers will note the progress made in the EU's trade mark system with a view to its modernisation, which includes improved accessibility to EU companies, lower costs and increased speed and predictability.
The Presidency will inform on the successful outcome regarding a directive on collective management of copyright and multi-territorial licensing of rights for online music.
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||Zoltan Csefalvay, Hungarian Minister of State for National Economy
||SOUNDBITE by Evaldas Gustas, Lithuanian Minister of the Economy and President in office of the Council (In ENGLISH) saying that: We have today many important issues on the agenda of Competitiveness Council. We are going to approve in the Council, the general approaches on the proposal for directive on the electronic invoicing in public procurement and on the proposal for a directive of antitrust damages actions. Also we are going to present a progress report on the revision of the European trade market system. We'll have a really important policy debate on European Semester 2014 and the coming. The Presidency has presented drafts Council conclusions on the European industry policy, single market and smart regulation. We invite the Ministers to adopt it today. The lunch discussion of the Ministers will be focused on defence industry to prepare December European Council.
||Stefan Kapferer, German State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Technology
||Juhan Parts, Estonian Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications
||SOUNDBITE by Håkan Ekengren, Swedish State Secretary to the Minister for Enterprise (In ENGLISH) saying that: I think that is very important to the political situation in Europe, so we'd have a strong industry, so all questions about taxes, regulation, a lot of things that we have to do.
||Lauri Ihalainen, Finnish Minister of Labour
||Enzo Moavero Minalesi, Italian Minister for European
||Michel Barnier, Member of the EC in charge of Internal Market and Services
||Arnaud Montebourh, French Minister of Industrial Renewal