In the context of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the informal meeting of the ministers responsible for Competitiveness (COMPET) – Internal Market and Industry section will take place on 3 May 2019. The works will be held in Bucharest, at the Palace of the Parliament.
The event will be chaired by the Romanian Minister of Economy, Mr. Niculae Bădălău.
The ministers responsible for the economy, industry, Internal Market and SMEs from the 28 EU Member States as well as from the two member states of the European Free Trade Association (Switzerland, Norway) will attend the meeting.
The European Commission will be represented by Elżbieta Bieńkowska, European Commissioner for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs.
The COMPET Council will start on the evening of 2 May 2019, with a welcome dinner for the members of the delegations. The ministers of the economy will be accompanied by a successful entrepreneur from their Member State. The discussions will focus on one of the main priorities of the Romanian Presidency, namely the significant contribution to ensuring convergence and cohesion in Europe in order to achieve opportunities for sustainable and equal development for all citizens and Member States, promoting connectivity and digitization, stimulating entrepreneurship and strengthening the EU industrial policy.
On Friday, 3 May 2019, the COMPET Ministers will meet at the Palace of the Parliament to discuss issues related to competitiveness, entrepreneurship, SMEs’ contribution to competitiveness and the Internal Market.
The Internal Market contributes decisively to increasing the global competitiveness of the European Union, which implies inter alia the need to correlate it with other EU policies and to adapt to new developments and challenges.
Moreover, the Internal Market is a common responsibility of the European Commission and the Member States, and its consolidation is one of the sectoral priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, that includes among its objectives, the Internal Market and the industry. In this respect, the subjects on the agenda of the informal COMPET Council meeting – Internal Market and industry section, are linked to the priorities of the Presidency.