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compet: Competitiveness

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The Competitiveness Council (COMPET) aims to enhance competitiveness and growth in Europe through a focus on the internal market, industry, research, innovation and space.  Depending on the items on the agenda, this Council can be composed of Industry Ministers or Research Ministers.  It meets about five or six times a year and during the Irish Presidency will be chaired by Mr. Richard Bruton, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and Mr. Sean Sherlock, Minister of State for Research and Innovation. 

The key priorities of the Irish Presidency include:

  • Progressing proposals on the Single Market Act I and SMA II.

  • Advancing the Digital Single Market by making good progress on issues including cyber security, e-signatures/e-ID, data protection, high speed broadband and web accessibility.

  • Advancing the proposed Professional Qualifications Directive.

  • Securing agreement on proposals to promote the  Competitiveness of enterprises and SMEs (COSME)

  • Streamlining and modernising customs procedures through a Union Customs Code (UCC) to boost EU trade

  • Promoting research and innovation under Horizon 2020 and related issues including European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), European Research Area (ERA) and Key Enabling Technologies (KETs)

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