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 Estonian presidency

The Estonian presidency plans to finalise the approval of the regulation on unjustified geo-blocking within the single market. It also intends to start the initial discussions on the company law reformpackage.

In the area of technical harmonisation, the Estonian presidency will work on the proposal on the type-approval and market surveillance of motor vehicles

The Estonian presidency will concentrate on the second copyright reform package. It will also promote mainstreaming industrial policy into the EU strategic initiatives and conduct discussions for a way forward in strengthening EU industry and increasing competitiveness. 

Regarding research, the priority topic of the Estonian Presidency is the interim evaluation of the European Union Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020. It  will contribute to the discussions about the future of the EU space programme Copernicus