Council Meeting

The 'Volkswagen' affair on the agenda of the Competitiveness Council


Meeting in Luxembourg on 1 October 2015, European Ministers in charge of competitiveness will proceed with the first edition of the competitiveness check-up. Set up by the Luxembourg Presidency in order to monitor the evolution of the real economy, this new working method will be based on a statement presented by the Commission concerning the latest micro-economic data and trends. The process is designed to ensure that EU policies have a positive impact on the competitiveness of the real economy.

The Ministers will also look at the 'better regulation' agenda, with a particular focus on the improvement of the functioning of the internal market. The Council will also be informed about the progress of the implementation of the unitary patent protection system. On the sidelines of the meeting, there will be the signing ceremony of a Protocol concerning the provisional application of the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court. Once established, this Court will handle disputes related to European and unitary patents. The Registry and the Court of Appeal will have their headquarters in Luxembourg.

Chaired by Luxembourg's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy, Étienne Schneider, this Council session will end with a lunch discussion on the reform of the European Emissions Trading System. The second part of the lunch discussion will be devoted to the recent events concerning emission tests currently rocking the motor industry.

Press release issued by the Ministry of the Economy

  • Updated 01-10-2015