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EU Competitiveness Council

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

I am pleased to confirm the agenda items for which DIUS is responsible, at the forthcoming EU Competitiveness Council on 29-30 May in Brussels. The research session of the Council will be held on 30 May and will be chaired by Mojca Kucler Dolinar, Slovenian Minister for Higher Education, Science and Technology. A ministerial dinner will also be taking place on 29 May to discuss the location of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).

I will be attending both the ministerial dinner and the EU Competitiveness Council. There are five substantive agenda items:

Political agreement on a Council regulation establishing a joint undertaking to implement a joint technology initiative (JTI) for fuel cells and hydrogen. The UK supports the objectives of this JTI which we see as important for engaging UK businesses in European research and would like to see it launched this year.

Possible adoption of a Council resolution on a Commission recommendation on the management of intellectual property in knowledge transfer activities and code of practice for universities and other public research organisations (“IP Charter Initiative”). The UK supports this resolution.

Possible adoption of Council conclusions on “European Research Infrastructures and their Regional Dimension”.

Possible adoption of Council conclusions on “Family-friendly Scientific Careers: Towards an Integrated Model”.

Possible adoption of Council conclusions on the launch of the Ljubljana process, towards full realisation of the European research area (ERA).

There will be four further items taken under any other business:

i) Communication from the Commission on “Better Careers and More Mobility: a European Partnership for Researchers” (Information from the Commission).

ii) Outcome of the informal meeting of Competitiveness Ministers in Brdo, Slovenia, on 15-16 April 2008 (Information from the presidency)

iii) Proposal for a research and development programme aimed at enhancing the quality of life for older people through the use of new information and communication technologies (ICT) (AAL).

Proposal for a decision on the participation of the Community in a research and development programme aimed at supporting research and development performing SMEs (Eurostars joint programme).

(Information from the presidency on the state of play).

iv) Commission recommendation on a code of conduct for responsible nanosciences and nanotechnologies research (presentation by the Commission).

At the ministerial dinner the presidency is aiming to reach common agreement on the location of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (BIT) administrative headquarters.