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Industry


Most issues relating to industrial policy are still a matter for the Member States. Action taken in the context of the EC Treaty must be guided by the need to ensure that Community industry has the right conditions in which to be competitive, through close cooperation between the Community and its Member States.

The Treaty states that, in accordance with the principle of open and competitive markets, the Community’s actions must be aimed at:

  • facilitating industry’s adaptation to structural changes
  • encouraging an environment favourable to the initiative and development of enterprises throughout the Community, particularly SMEs
  • promoting cooperation between enterprises and fostering better use of the industrial potential of policies relating to innovation, research and technological development

Community actions are aimed at helping Member States resolve crises in its main industrial sectors, while preventing any distortion of competition and ensuring the sectors concerned can be restructured within a given time frame. Appropriate criteria aim to ensure that restructuring takes place in a coordinated manner.

EU conference on progress in implementing the European Charter for Small Enterprises

Since the European Charter for Small Enterprises was adopted in 2000, the European Commission has since 2002 been organising an annual conference during the first six months of the year (ideally together with the Presidency-in-Office) on the EU’s progress in implementing the Charter (including presentations on best practices).

Outlook

The next conference will be held at the Hofburg in Vienna on 13-14 June 2006. The dossiers to be discussed (e.g. REACH) will depend on how far negotiations have progressed when Austria takes over the EU Presidency.

 

Date: 30.12.2005