Competitiveness Council configuration (COMPET)

Council of the EU

The Competitiveness Council works to enhance competitiveness and increase growth in the EU. It deals with four major policy areas: internal market, industry, research and innovation and space.

How does the Competitiveness Council work?

Depending on the agenda, the Competitiveness Council brings together ministers responsible for trade, economy, industry, research and innovation, and space from all member states. Relevant European Commissioners also participate in meetings.

Meetings take place at least four times a year.

About Europe's competitiveness policy

In its role as policy-maker, the Council seeks to boost the EU's competitiveness and growth. In so doing, it covers policy areas as varied as the internal market, industry, research and innovation, and space.

In the internal market, the Council as law-maker works to remove barriers that hinder cross-border flows of products, labour, capital and services.

In the field of industry, the Council combines a horizontal approach,  which aims to integrate industrial policy concerns into all other related EU policies, with a sector-specific approach that heeds the special needs of each sector.

The Council works to improve the business environment, specially for SMEs. It does so by co-legislating on specific measures aimed at SMEs such as improving access to funding,cutting red tape and fostering innovation.

On research, innovation and space, the Council aims to strengthen the scientific and technological base of European industry, thus boosting its international competitiveness and driving growth and jobs. It is also working with the European Space Agency to develop European space policy.

Priorities of the Competitiveness Council during the Maltese presidency

The Maltese presidency plans to make progress on the legislative dossiers issued under the Digital Single Market strategy, presented in May 2015, and the Single Market strategy on goods and services, presented on 28 October 2015.

It will give priority to the e-commerce package and take forward discussions on the proposed regulation on cross-border portability of online content services in the internal market. It will also take forward discussion on the copyright reform.

In addition, the Maltese presidency intends to build on the work done by the Slovak presidency on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and the Council on cooperation between national authorities responsible for the enforcement of consumer protection laws, with the aim of reaching a general approach.

Furthermore, the Maltese presidency plans to reach an agreement on a set of Council conclusions regarding the Space Strategy for Europe