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10XII2010 COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION EN 17668110 REV 1

    COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION

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    PRESSE 339

    PR CO 45

    PRESS RELEASE

    3057th Council meeting

    Competitiveness (Internal Market, Industry, Research and Space)

    Brussels, 10 December 2010

    President Mr Vincent VAN QUICKENBORNE, Minister for

    Enterprise and Simplification and

    Mr JeanClaude MARCOURT, Vice-President of the

    Walloon Government and Minister for Economic Affairs,

    SMEs, Foreign Trade and New Technologies

    of Belgium

    PRESS

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    Main results of the Council

    The Council held a debate and adopted conclusions on the "Single Market Act", a package of 50

    measures aimed at enabling businesses and citizens to take full benefit of the advantages of the internal market .

    It also adopted conclusions on the flagship initiative "An integrated industrial policy for the

    globalisation era", that sets out a strategy to boost growth and jobs by maintaining and supporting

    a strong, diversified and competitive industrial base in Europe.

    The Council adopted conclusions on the framework for gambling and betting in the EU member

    states.

    During a public debate, ministers discussed the way forward for establishing a future EU patent

    system. A large majority of delegations considered that enhanced cooperation, as provided for in

    the EU Treaty, is the only option for making progress on the creation of a unified EU patent system and asked the Commission to present a formal proposal for initiating enhanced cooperation. The

    Commission announced the submission of such a proposal on 14 December. The Italian and

    Spanish delegations strongly opposed the idea of initiating enhanced cooperation.

    The Council adopted a decision extending the current state aid regime for the coal sector.

    The Presidency gave information about the general approach that had been agreed on a draft

    directive aimed at enhancing consumer rights across the EU.

    The Council adopted its position on the new EU draft budget for 2011, paving the way for its final adoption before the end of the 2010.

    Representatives of the member states' governments, meeting in a conference on the sidelines of the Council, decided that the European global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) agency will have its seat in Prague.

    In the margins of the Council, the Presidency and the Commission announced the winner of

    the 2010 Single Market Award at a prize-giving ceremony.

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    1 CONTENTS

    PARTICIPANTS........................................................................................................................... 5

    ITEMS DEBATED

    Single Market Act - Council conclusions ........................................................................................ 7 Gambling and betting: the role of the national authorities - Council conclusions ............................. 7

    EU patent system: ways forward and option of enhanced cooperation ............................................. 8 An industrial policy for the globalisation era - Council conclusions .............................................. 10

    Impact assessments in support of the EU's decision-making process.............................................. 11 OTHER BUSINESS ..................................................................................................................... 13

    Consumer protection ..................................................................................................................... 13

    Transposition of EU directives into national legislation ................................................................. 13 Directive on services in the internal market ................................................................................... 14

    Work programme of the incoming EU Presidency ......................................................................... 14 Location of the global navigation satellite systems agency ............................................................ 15 Single Market Award 2010 ........................................................................................................... 15

    OTHER ITEMS APPROVED

    INTERNAL MARKET

     State aid regime for the coal sector................................................................................................................... 16

    1;; Where declarations, conclusions or resolutions have been formally adopted by the Council, this is indicated

    in the heading for the item concerned and the text is placed between quotation marks.

    ;; Documents for which references are given in the text are available on the Council's Internet site

    (http://www.consilium.europa.eu).

    ;; Acts adopted with statements for the Council minutes which may be released to the public are indicated by

    an asterisk; these statements are available on the Council's Internet site or may be obtained from the Press

    Office.

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    FOREIGN AFFAIRS

    Financing instrument for cooperation with industrialised and other high-income countries ................................ 17

     Financial instrument for promotion of democracy and human rights worldwide ................................................ 17

     EU/Switzerland cooperation agreement on competition policy ......................................................................... 17

    JUSTICE AND HOME AFFAIRS

     European Case Law Identifier ECLI - Conclusions ........................................................................................ 18 BUDGET

     EU solidarity fund for France and Portugal ...................................................................................................... 18 Council's position on new draft EU budget and connected items ....................................................................... 18 AGRICULTURE

     German alcohol monopoly ............................................................................................................................... 19 DEVELOPMENT

     Financial instrument for development .............................................................................................................. 20 Accompanying measures for ACP banana producers ........................................................................................ 20 TRADE POLICY

     Duty-free treatment for pharmaceutical active ingredients ................................................................................ 21 ENVIRONMENT

     Biocidal products............................................................................................................................................. 21 Export and import of dangerous chemicals ....................................................................................................... 21 EU Ecolabel .................................................................................................................................................... 22 Waste management .......................................................................................................................................... 22 Mercury .......................................................................................................................................................... 22 REGIONAL POLICY

     International Fund for Ireland .......................................................................................................................... 23

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    PARTICIPANTS

    Belgium:

    Mr Vincent VAN QUICKENBORNE Federal Minister for Enterprise and Simplification Mr Jean-Claude MARCOURT Vice-President of the Walloon Government and Minister

    for Economic Affairs, SMEs, Foreign Trade and New

    Technologies

    Bulgaria:

    Mr Traicho TRAIKOV Minister for the Economy, Energy and Tourism Czech Republic:

    Mr Martin KOCOUREK Minister for Industry and Trade

    Denmark:

    Mr Brian MIKKELSEN Minister for Economic Affairs, Trade and Industry Germany:

    Mr Guido PERUZZO Permanent Representative

    Estonia:

    Mr Gert ANTSU Deputy Permanent Representative

    Ireland:

    Ms Geraldine BYRNE NASON Deputy Permanent Representative Greece:

    Mr Achilleas MITSOS Secretary General

    Mr Andreas PAPASTAVROU Deputy Permanent Representative Spain:

    Mr Diego LÓPEZ GARRIDO State Secretary for the European Union,

     Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation

    France:

    Mr Eric BESSON Minister for Industry, Energy and the Digital Economy Italy:

    Mr Alfredo MANTICA Secretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Cyprus:

    Ms Zeta EMILIANIDOU Permanent Secretary, ? Ministry of Commerce, Industry

    and Tourism

    Latvia:

    Mr Juris PŪCE State Secretary, Ministry of the Economy

    Lithuania:

    Mr Rimantas ŽYLIUS Deputy Minister for the Economy

    Luxembourg:

    Ms Michèle EISENBARTH Deputy Permanent Representative