[Fsfe-ie] 2004 dates for the EU Competitiveness Council
j.heald at ucl.ac.uk
Mon Dec 1 19:18:34 CET 2003
Here are the relevant meetings scheduled for the Irish presidency,
January to June next year:
March 11th, 2004 Competitiveness Council formal meeting
March 25-26, 2004 European Council (ie Heads of Government)
April 2004 Informal meeting of Competitiveness Ministers
(Co. Clare, Ireland).
May 17-18, 2004 Competitiveness Council formal meeting
The relevant ministry in charge will be the ministry for Enterprise,
Trade and Employment, headed by the Tánaiste (deputy prime minister),
Ms. Mary Harney.
(Source: parliamentary answer,
which corresponds to a Word doc on the ministry website,
The May meeting is the last date for Ireland to be able to claim the
credit for any agreement, so the goal of the presidency will be to push
for achievments on as many dossiers as possible by then.
If possible, they will try to get the agreement 'banked' in March, to
clear the agenda; the March meeting will also consider what broad
strategy and other documents in the area of Competitiveness can be
prepared that the heads of government can discuss (or perhaps that
should be trumpet) at the end of March.
Given that the Working Group has apparently already had two "very
productive" meetings (UKPO), they may feel that March 11th is entirely
possible to adopt a finalised Council common text for the directive.
The working party will also still be working on the Community Patent
legislation, which the Italian presidency "spectaclarly failed" to bring
to agreement (Axel Horns) -- "the Presidency noted that although there
was broad agreement on the compromise text, complete agreement could not
be reached at that stage as the question of the period for filing
compulsory translations of the claims of the Community patent remained
If agreements cannot be put in place on March 11, the "informal meeting"
in April will see a final attempt to bash heads together at a political
level, to produce agreement in time for May 17th.
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