Other news - June 2011
Unitary patent protection: Joint Statement of Commissioner Barnier and Minister of State Zoltán Cséfalvay, Chairman of the Competitiveness Council
Today the Council took a crucial step in improving the European patent system. Member States have agreed on the two regulations implementing enhanced cooperation in the area of unitary patent protection.
Today, the Commission published the results of a comprehensive evaluation of the impact and effectiveness of EU public procurement legislation. It also published a synthesis of the main views expressed by the over 620 respondents to the Green Paper on modernisation of EU public procurement legislation. Reform of public procurement legislation is one of the 12 priority actions set out in the Single Market Act.
An extraordinary meeting of the Competitiveness Council will be held in Luxembourg on Monday, 27 June under the chairmanship of Mr Zoltán Cséfalvay, Minister of State for Strategic Affairs of Hungary. The Council will focus on the general approach to be reached on unitary patent protection. The European Commission will be represented by Commissioner Barnier.
The European Commission has launched a consultation to modernise the Professional Qualifications Directive. The Green Paper from the Commission outlines possible ways forward to facilitate mobility of EU professionals across Europe. Stakeholders are invited to respond by 20 September 2011.
On 23 May the Commission organised a high level conference on defence and security industries and markets. Over 500 participants, including ministers, MEPs, EU civil servants, industry representatives, researchers and experts from the sector attended the event.
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European Commission consults public authorities, business and civil society on access to external public procurement markets
The European Commission is consulting stakeholders in all EU Member States for their views on a new policy on the access to the EU's public procurement markets as announced in the Single Market Act of April 2011.