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 Slovak presidency

In the second half of 2016 the Competitiveness Council will focus on developing the single market to ease free movement of goods and services and to reduce regional discrimination

It also intends to tackle the copyright reform; more specifically, it will negotiate with the European Parliament over a draft law on cross-border portability of digital content

In addition, the Competitiveness Council will support the efforts for high-quality law-making and better regulation. It will also work on framework conditions to boost the competitiveness of EU industry and remove barriers to innovation. 

Another goal is to reach a general approach on a draft regulation on the consumer protection cooperation that seeks to boost cross-border trade by strengthening market surveillance.