Council of Ministers
The Council of Ministers,
which plays a vital role in charting the course of EU policy
and legislation, has taken a keen interest in matters relating
to the life sciences and biotechnology.
The Council of Ministers is the EU’s
legislative body, which it mainly exercises in conjunction
with the European Parliament under the co-decision procedure.
It brings together one minister –whose brief covers
the area under discussion– representing each Member
State. These representatives are empowered to commit and are
accountable to their governments.
In addition to legislative matters, the Council co-ordinate
the general economic policies of the Member States, concludes
international agreements on behalf of the EU, and acts as
the Union’s budgetary authority.
The recently formed Competitiveness Council merges three former
Council of Ministers’ formations: the internal market,
industry and research. Its purpose is to strengthen European
competitiveness through a critical synergy between these three
closely inter-related fields.
Industry, research and the internal market cover every aspect
of biosociety from the inception of fundamental life science
research to the development, production, protection and marketing
of biotechnology products.
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