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The EU Competitiveness Council

The Competitiveness Council is one of the ten current EU Council of Ministers formations. The various strands of activity of the Competitiveness Council are Industry, Internal Market, Research and Space.

EU Affairs Unit together with our Permanent Representation in Brussels (PRB), co-ordinates material in relation to the Industry and Internal Market elements of the Competitiveness Council. The Science and Technology Division of the Department have responsibility for the Research and Space aspects of the Council.

The Council normally meets in a formal session four times a year in Brussels, the Minister and Ministers of State usually act as head of delegation at these formal meetings.  Ministers also meet in an informal session once during each Presidency in the country of the member state hosting the Presidency. Germany is the current Presidency of the EU until the end of December 2020. They will be followed from January to June 2021 by Portugal.

Whilst this Department takes the lead role in this Council, given the cross cutting issues involved, a number of other Departments also provide inputs to the Council. This Department co-ordinates, prepares and develops policy inputs to the EU Competitiveness Council on a range of issues including

  • Company Law/Consumer Issues
  • SME and State Aid Policy
  • Better Regulation
  • Internal Market Issues
  • Intellectual Property.


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