Competitiveness Council, 27-28 May 2021

Met dank overgenomen van Raad van de Europese Unie (Raad) i, gepubliceerd op donderdag 27 mei 2021, 19:30.

Main results

Internal market and industry, 27 May 2021

Regulation on a single market for digital services (Digital Services Act) and amending Directive 2000/31/EC

On the basis of a presidency report, the Council was informed of progress achieved so far in the examination of the proposed regulation within the Council’s preparatory bodies.

Regulation on contestable and fair markets in the digital sector (Digital Markets Act)

On the basis of a presidency report, the Council was informed of progress achieved so far in the examination of the proposed regulation within the Council’s preparatory bodies.

Leveraging the European Union’s competitiveness and global influence through an ambitious digital services package

On the basis of a presidency note, ministers had a first policy debate on the aspects of the digital package (Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act) that they deem necessary to guarantee the strengthening of the digital single market and a safer online space, where fundamental rights are protected and competition is fair and free.

Delegations expressed satisfaction for the considerable progress made so far in the examination of the digital package within the Council. They stressed the need for clear, future-proof and proportionate rules, that guarantee the right mix of legal certainty and flexibility and foster innovation and competition in the EU’s digital single market. Efficient enforcement mechanisms at EU level, with the involvement of relevant national authorities, were mentioned as key to the success of the project.

Work is underway to create in Europe a legal framework that is fit for the data economy and trusted by businesses and consumers alike. A framework that fosters our competitiveness by ensuring a level-playing field and encouraging the participation of all of our creative resources.

Pedro Siza Vieira, Portuguese Minister of State for the Economy and the Digital Transition

Updating the new industrial strategy for Europe - the critical importance of securing access to critical raw materials

On the basis of a presidency note, ministers held a policy debate on the updated new industrial strategy, focusing on the importance of securing access to critical raw materials.

Delegations welcomed the latest Commission communication on an updated EU industrial strategy. They voiced strong support for the suggested measures to deepen the integration and resilience of the internal market to the benefit of all actors, especially SMEs. They shared the need for a more inclusive and diversified network of supply chains for critical raw materials to ensure that the EU industry remains resilient in times of crises, in particular in sectors of strategic importance, such as pharmaceuticals, semi-conductors etc.

The lessons drawn from the COVID-19 crisis point to the need for the EU to strengthen its open strategic autonomy, in order to reinforce Europe’s position as a global player that is resilient, in charge of its own future, and able to promote an agenda of its own. We are in the process of assessing and addressing our vulnerabilities and dependencies on third countries regarding strategic goods, services, technologies and infrastructure, finding appropriate and coherent policy responses, and looking into possibilities for alliances with our partners worldwide to strengthen existing global value chains and to diversify external sources of supply. In this context, securing access to critical raw materials is a fundamental and necessary precondition for a successful transition towards a green and digital economy.

Pedro Siza Vieira, Portuguese Minister of State for the Economy and the Digital Transition

Conclusions on tourism in Europe for the next decade: sustainable, resilient, digital, global and social

The Council adopted conclusions on the future of European tourism.

Conclusions on data technologies to improve Better Regulation

The Council adopted conclusions on how to promote the use of data technologies in support of data-driven, digital-by-default and high-quality legislation, taking due account of the overall Better Regulation framework.

Other business

Current legislative proposals

  • Regulation laying down harmonised rules on artificial intelligence

The Commission presented to the Council its recent proposal aimed at establishing a legal framework for trustworthy artificial intelligence and a well-functioning internal market for artificial intelligence systems.

  • Regulation on foreign subsidies distorting the internal market

On the basis of a note from the Commission, the Council was informed of the main objectives sought by the recently presented proposal for a regulation on foreign subsidies distorting the internal market.

  • Trade Policy Review - An Open, Sustainable and Assertive Trade Policy

The Commission presented to the Council its recent communication on the review of EU trade policy.

  • EU industry competitiveness and effective harmonised standardisation

On the basis of a joint note, seventeen delegations informed the Council of their views concerning the challenges currently faced by the European standardisation system.

  • Essential building blocks for a competition law and state aid framework enabling European competitiveness

On the basis of a note, the Austrian delegation informed the Council of its views on what is necessary in order to update the EU legal framework for competition and state aid.

  • Work programme of the incoming presidency

The Council was informed by the Slovenian delegation of the work programme of the incoming Slovenian presidency in the field of internal market and industry.

Live streaming

Live streaming

28 May 2021

  • 08:30 Arrivals
  • 12:20 Public session
  • 14:15 Press conference (research)
  • 17:15 Press conference (space)

Estimated schedule

Agenda highlights, 28 May

Research and innovation

European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking

Research ministers will be invited to adopt a general approach concerning the regulation on establishing the European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (HPC) that aims to develop and maintain an integrated world-class supercomputing and data infrastructure in the EU.

Deepening the European Research Area and improving researchers’ careers

The Council is set to adopt conclusions on possible ways to enhance the attractiveness of research careers in the EU. Ministers will also exchange views on how to prepare the roll-out of an ambitious European Research Area for the next ten years.

Other matters

Ministers will be informed by the presidency of progress achieved so far in discussions regarding the EU’s participation in the European Partnership on Metrology, as well as on the regulation establishing the joint undertakings under Horizon Europe. They will also hear reports from the Commission on the membership of the Mission Innovation initiative and on the communication on a global approach to research and innovation.

Space

Ministers in charge of space will be invited to discuss the main building blocks of a future EU position on space traffic management. Furthermore, they will be invited to adopt conclusions on the need for a European approach to new space and the need to unleash the full potential of the EU’s Copernicus, Galileo and EGNOS programmes to tackle climate change in coastal areas.

Meeting information

  • Meeting n°3797
  • Brussels
  • 27 May 2021
  • 09:30

Preparatory documents

Outcome documents


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Relevante EU dossiers