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EU Extraordinary Competitiveness Council

Volume 530: debated on Thursday 23 June 2011

My noble Friend the Under-Secretary of State, Baroness Wilcox, has made the following statement:

I shall represent the UK at an EU Extraordinary Competitiveness Council that will take place in Luxembourg on 27 June 2011.

There will be legislative deliberation on two Council items. The first is a proposal for a Regulation of the Council and the European Parliament implementing enhanced co-operation in the area of the creation of unitary patent protection. The second is a proposal for a Council Regulation implementing enhanced co-operation in the area of unitary patent protection with regard to the applicable translation arrangements.

The presidency’s main aim is to obtain a general approach from member states on the two proposals.

There is also likely to be an information point relating to the adoption of a general approach on the decision on the Euratom framework programme for 2012-13.