EU internal market and industry ministers met in Brussels to discuss the updated industrial strategy and the better regulation agenda.
‘Fit for 55’ package from an industrial perspective
The Council discussed the impact of the new climate and energy package on the economy and industry.
Ministers broadly agreed that the availability of affordable decarbonized energy is one of the preconditions for the success of ‘Fit for 55’. Ministers highlighted the importance of the proposed carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM), which should prevent the risk of carbon leakage. Several delegations raised the challenges that come with the package for the automotive industry and agreed that the green transition should not increase the burden on SMEs.
"I am pleased that the member states agreed that the Competitiveness Council's views should be taken into account in the negotiations on the 'Fit for 55' package. It should closely monitor and regularly address the green transition and the debate in the context of the package and its impact on the EU economy and EU industry. This is important to ensure that the measures agreed on are proportionate and do not harm the EU's competitiveness and growth.
Zdravko Počivalšek, Slovenian minister for Economic Development and Technology
Ministers discussed the biggest challenges and opportunities for businesses arising from the ‘Fit for 55’ climate package and the transition towards climate neutrality. Ministers also looked at the possible pathways for ensuring a fair, competitive and green transition of the EU economy up to 2030 and beyond.
Ministers held a public policy debate on future-proof policy-making to improve the competitiveness of the EU and further foster the single market, which is part of the better regulation agenda.
Better regulation has been a political priority of the EU for several years and is a priority for the Slovenian presidency, therefore I welcome the fact that the subject was on today’s agenda. We need a regulatory framework that is evidence-based, innovation friendly and future-proof to foster competitiveness and growth. This will ultimately contribute to Europe’s recovery.
Boštjan Koritnik, Slovenian Minister for Public Administration
During the debate, ministers highlighted the importance of a clear, coherent and future-proof legislative framework, which they deem key in these times of pandemic and economic recovery. Ministers expressed the need for high quality legislation, and discussed the 'one-in, one-out' approach, which was proposed by the Commission.
The Commission reported on the activities of the Single Market Enforcement Task-Force (SMET). SMET is one of the main components of the action plan for better implementation and enforcement of single market rules adopted in March 2020 as part of the European industrial strategy.
Innovation procurement in the EU
The Greek delegation informed ministers about the joint ministerial declaration on innovation procurement in the EU. The declaration is supported by the Italian, Cypriot and Luxembourg delegations.
Unitary patent and unified patent court
The Slovenian presidency informed the Council about the state of play as regards national ratifications of the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA) and the protocol on the provisional application of the UPCA.
-29 September 2021