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Competitiveness Council

Improving competitiveness is essential to increase growth and employment in Europe. Mainstreaming competitiveness requires all EU institutions to consider the impact of all EU initiatives and legislative proposals on industry throughout the entire legislative process. It must be ensured that these different policy initiatives do not contradict one another and support competitiveness rather than undermine it.

A strong industrial basis is an important growth driver for all economic sectors, including services. Paying special attention to industrial competitiveness is therefore important.

The Competitiveness Council has a key role to play in ensuring that European policy decisions support companies competitiveness.    With the support of the High Level Group on Competitiveness and Growth, it should evaluate and monitor the competitiveness of Europe’s industry on a regular basis. It should also debate all important policy proposals with an impact on companies' ability to generate growth and employment and speak up when a measure imposes unnecessary burdens on enterprises.

BusinessEurope regularly addresses messages to the Competitiveness Council.

Publications

Public letters Date
Message to the Competitiveness Council meeting on 29-30 November 2018 - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to Margarete Schramböck 27/11/2018
Message to the Competitiveness Council meeting on 27-28 September 2018 - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to Margarethe Schramböck 25/09/2018
Message to the Competitiveness Council meeting on 28 May 2018 - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to Emil Karanikolov 25/05/2018
Message to the Competitiveness Council meeting on 30 November-1 December 2017 - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to Kadri Simson 22/11/2017
Message to the Competitiveness Council meeting on 29 and 30 May 2017 - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to Christian Cardona 26/05/2017
Message to the Competitiveness Council meeting on 20 February 2017 - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to Christian Cardona 14/02/2017
Message to the Competitiveness Council meeting on 26-27 May 2016 - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to Henk Kemp 24/05/2016
Competitiveness Council meeting on 29 February 2016 - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to Henk Kemp 26/02/2016
Message to the Competitiveness Council meeting on 30 November-1 December 2015 25/11/2015
Competitiveness Council meeting on 1 October 2015 - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to Etienne Schneider, Deputy Prime Minister of Luxembourg 25/09/2015
Competitiveness Council meeting on 28-29 May 2015: digitalising the economy and mainstreaming industrial competitiveness - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to Dana Reizniece-Ozola 26/05/2015
Competitiveness Council meeting on 2-3 March 2015: industrial competitiveness, digitalisation and single market are key drivers for European competitiveness - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to Dana Reizniece-Ozola 24/02/2015
Competitiveness Council meeting on 4-5 December 2014 - Investment plan, industrial competitiveness roadmap and single market development to increase growth and employment - Letter from Emma Marcegaglia and Markus J. Beyrer to Federica Guidi 01/12/2014
Competitiveness at the centre of a new EU institutional set-up - Letter from Emma Marcegaglia and Markus J. Beyrer to Federica Guidi in advance of the Competitiveness Council meeting on 25-26 September 2014 16/09/2014
Messages to the informal Competitiveness Council meeting on 21 July 2014 - Letter from Markus Beyrer to Federica Guidi 09/07/2014
Competitiveness Council meeting on 26 May 2014 - An industrial governance for EU competitiveness - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to Kostis Hatzidakis 21/05/2014
Competitiveness Council meeting on 20-21 February 2014 - BusinessEurope's recommendations for an industrial compact - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to Kostas Hatzidakis, Greek Minister of Development and Competitiveness 14/02/2014
Competitivess Council meeting on 2-3 December 2013 - Smart regulation and better governance is essential to re-industrialise Europe - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to Evaldas Gustas, Lithuanian Minister of Economy 25/11/2013
Letter to Competitiveness Council - Competitiveness Council meeting on 26-27 September 2013 24/09/2013
Modernisation of public administration - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer, BusinessEurope's Director General, to Lithuanian Minister of Economy Evaldas Gustas in view of the Informal Competitiveness Council on 22-23 July 2013 19/06/2013
Competitiveness Council meeting on 29-30 May 2013 - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to Richard Bruton, Irish Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation 24/05/2013
Competitiveness Council meeting on 18-19 February 2013 - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to Richard Bruton, Irish Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation 13/02/2013
Competitiveness Council meeting on 10-11 October 2012 - Letter from Philippe de Buck to Neoklis Sylikiotis, Cypriot Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism 05/10/2012
Competitiveness Council meeting on 30-31 May 2012 - Letter from Philippe de Buck to Morten Ostergaard, Danish Minister for Science, Innovation and higher Education 24/05/2012
Competitiveness Council on 20 February 2012 - Letter from Philippe de Buck to Nikolai Wammen, Danish Minister for European Affairs 16/02/2012
Competitiveness Council on 5-6 December 2011 - Letter from Philippe de Buck to Waldemar Pawlak, Polish Minister for Economy 25/11/2011
Competitiveness Council meeting on 30-31 May 2011 - Letter from Philippe de Buck to Zoltan Cséfalvay 20/05/2011
Competitiveness Council on 10-11 March 2011 - Letter from Philippe de Buck to Zoltan Cséfalvay, Hungarian Minister of State for National Economy and President of the EU Competitiveness Council 28/02/2011
Competitiveness Council on 25-26 November 2010 - Letter from Philippe de Buck to Jean-Claude Marcourt 22/11/2010
Competitiveness Council on 11-12 October 2010 - Letter from Philippe de Buck to Vincent Van Quickenborne 06/10/2010
Competitiveness Council on 25-26 May 2010 - Letter from Philippe de Buck to the Chair and Co-Chairs ahead of the meeting 20/05/2010
Message to the Competitiveness Council ahead of its meeting on 1-2 March 2010 - Letter from Philippe de Buck to Miguel Sebastian Gasco, Spanish Minister of Industry, Tourism and Trade 25/02/2010
Letter to the Competitiveness Council ahead of their meeting on 24-25 September 2009 18/09/2009
Competitiveness Council on 28-29 May 2009 - Letter from Philippe de Buck to Vladimir Tosovsky, Czech Minister for Industry and Trade 14/05/2009
Press releases Date
EU Single Market: Council should build on 25 years of success 12/03/2018
BusinessEurope addresses Competitiveness Council 26/09/2013
Speeches Date
Competitiveness Council lunch debate on 20 February 2017 - Address by Markus J. Beyrer 20/02/2017
Last updated: 20 June 2018