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Ministers responsible for Research came together on 21 July 2015 in Luxembourg for the "research" component of the Informal Meeting of Ministers for Competitiveness which started the day before. Chaired by Marc Hansen, Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research, the meeting addressed the integrity of research and equal opportunities in research. On the whole, the delegations supported the efforts of the Luxembourg Presidency to encourage a responsible course of conduct in research across the whole research and innovation cycle, from the initial idea to the final product, asserted the Secretary of State after the meeting. They also supported the work of the Presidency which pays particular attention to taking concrete action in promoting gender quality in research and innovation.
The informal meeting of Ministers for Competitiveness, who are responsible for the economy and research, will be held on 20 and 21 July 2015 in Luxembourg at the European Convention Center Luxembourg (ECCL).
Ministers responsible for the Economy came together in Luxembourg on 20 July 2015 for an informal meeting to address issues of competitiveness. Under the title "Trading beyond borders. Competing globally. What the EU can do for you", the meeting chaired by Étienne Schneider, Luxembourg's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy, focused on the potential benefits of well-thought-out and coherent rules for European companies. The aim was to find an answer to the following question: "How can we ensure that Europe and its rules bring tangible added value to our economies?"
On 16 July 2015 in Brussels, the Minister of the Economy Etienne Schneider presented the priorities of the Luxembourg Presidency in this area to members of the Committee for Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) of the European Parliament, including the removal of barriers to cross-border trade and improving industrial competitiveness. The Minister also announced his intention to set up the governance of the Energy Union and to start legislative work to revise the directive on energy labelling.