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Competitiveness Council, 18-19/02/2019 - Main results

Met dank overgenomen van Raad van de Europese Unie (Raad), gepubliceerd op maandag 18 februari 2019, 18:00.

Main results

Internal market and industry, 18 February

The Council held a policy debate on the impact of Artificial Intelligence on the competitiveness of EU industry and adopted conclusions on this issue. Ministers underlined the crucial importance of fostering the development and use of artificial intelligence in Europe.

The Council also held another policy debate on the industry-related aspects of the recent Commission Communication entitled "A clean planet for all". Ministers stressed that the EU industry will continue to be a key enabler to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through a balanced and predictable mix of different policies. The envisaged transformation of Europe's industry offers both opportunities and challenges, which need to be addressed at various levels by taking into account the views of businesses, citizens and member states.

Under the traditional competitiveness checkup, following an oral presentation by the Commission, discussions in the Council focused on the impact of European sectoral value chains on competitiveness and growth. Ministers highlighted the increasing role market services play in the global value chains.

In the afternoon, ministers exchanged views on ways of improving the input of the Competitiveness Council to the European Semester process.

Under any other business, the Council was informed of the latest state of play in a number of legislative files under its remit.

Today's conclusions on Artificial Intelligence serve as guidelines for future EU actions in this field with the aim to place the European Union among the drivers of AI at global level. Europe has to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world and our discussions on how to become a climate neutral economy, while preserving our industry's competitive advantages, is essential.

Niculae Bădălău, Minister for economy of Romania

Live streaming

Live streaming

19 February 2019

10:00 Public session

13:30 Press conference

Estimated schedule

Agenda highlights

Research, 19 February

The Council will take stock of the progress achieved so far regarding the specific programme implementing Horizon Europe, the next EU framework programme for research and innovation.

Council agrees its position on new framework for EU research and innovation into the next decade (press release, 30/11/2018)

Horizon Europe (European Commission)

Meeting information

18 February: Internal market and industry

19 February: Research

Meeting n°3672



Preparatory documents

Provisional agenda

Background brief

Indicative programme

List of A items, non-legislative activities

List of A items, legislative deliberations

Outcome documents

List of participants

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