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
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.