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Information on the Informal Meeting of Competitiveness Ministers

 

Under the overarching theme of "Investing in excellence and innovation”, the competitiveness ministers will discuss in Graz the issue of how the European Union can best meet the challenges of an increasingly competitive global marketplace. Strategic policies and concrete measures at both European and Member State level are needed.

The research ministers will begin the meeting by considering how research at the Community level, such as the 7th Framework Programme, should best be funded and targeted at strengthening Europe's competitiveness A short report will be given on the main findings of the “European Conference on Security Research” (20-21 February 2006) and the conference on GMES (19-20 April 2006).

The economics ministers will consider how the EU can increase its competitiveness and exploit the opportunities that arise from globalisation ("The opportunity of globalisation"). In this context the Commission will outline new developments in State aid law. The Council will also discuss the importance of clusters for EU competitiveness. To round off the informal meeting, the ministers will discuss the completion of the internal market for services in the light of the Spring European Council's call to boost European growth and to facilitate job creation.

 

Date: 04.04.2006