29/05/2013 - 30/05/2013
Justus Lipsius building, Brussels, Belgium
Environment, consumers and health
Economy, finance, tax and competition
Council of the EU
Internal market and industry
The Council will hold a public debate on the ongoing reform of the audit rules, which seeks to increase the credibility and reliability of audited financial statements of banks, financial institutions and listed companies, as well as to broaden the choice for audit clients.
Pursuing its efforts to relieve the regulatory burden for the benefit of the competitiveness of EU companies, the Council will be invited to adopt conclusions on smart regulation.
In public session, ministers will assess the current difficulties several industrial sectors in Europe are facing as a consequence of the economic crisis. Ministers will also be informed by the Commission on the follow-up to initiatives carried out in support of those sectors.
Also in public session, the Council will address the issue of modernisation of state aid rules and their impact on EU competitiveness, with a view to reaching a political agreement.
Ministers will exchange views on several aspects of copyright laws in the EU, including private copying and reprography levies and the steps for establishing a modern copyright framework for the content of the digital single market.
Furthermore, the Council will take stock of the progress made regarding the Single Market Act packages, which are made up of priority measures aimed at the completion of the single market by increasing confidence and stimulating growth and jobs creation.
Research and innovation
The morning meeting will be devoted to space policy, with the adoption of conclusions on space industrial policy and the consideration of a draft decision on a space surveillance programme.
In the afternoon, the Council will assess, in public session, the progress made in the ongoing negotiations on the “Horizon 2020” research programme for the years 2014 to 2020. The presidency will give an update on the key outstanding issues the settlement of which would facilitate an early agreement with the European Parliament.
Research ministers will hold a debate on Joint Programming activities carried out in the field of research. Joint Programming is a process designed to ensure the optimisation of research efforts.
Finally, the Council will be invited to adopt conclusions on the EU’s strategic approach toenhancing international cooperation in the field of research and on high performance computing. It is also expected to update the mandate of the European Research Area Committee.
A presidency briefing, agenda and background note will be published on the Council website closer to the date of the meeting.