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Competitiveness


Martin Bartenstein
Federal Minister for Economics and Labour

Hubert Gorbach
Vice-Chancellor and Federal Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology

Elisabeth Gehrer
Federal Minister for Education, Science and Culture
The creation of the Competitiveness Council in June 2002, through the merging of three Council configurations (Internal Market, Industry and Research), was prompted by the need for better coordination of issues relating to the European Union’s competitiveness. Depending on the items on the agenda, Ministers for European Affairs, Industry, Research, etc. take part in the Council meetings. The Competitiveness Council meets about five or six times a year.

Since its creation, the Council has assumed a horizontal role to ensure an integrated approach towards strengthening competitiveness and growth in Europe. It therefore regularly reviews both horizontal and sectoral competitiveness on the basis of analyses provided by the Commission and gives its views on how competitiveness can be properly taken into account in all policy initiatives which have an impact on enterprises. It also deals with legislative proposals in its different fields of activity, where it decides by qualified majority, mostly in co-decision with the European Parliament.

The Competitiveness Council is responsible for the following three areas:

 

Date: 14.06.2006