08 / 07 / 2019
On 4 July 2019, EU Ministers responsible for Research and Innovation met in Helsinki at the Informal Meeting of Ministers responsible for Competitiveness. The main topics of the Informal Meeting were research and innovation policy and the upcoming Horizon Europe programme. The discussions provide input for further work on the sustainable growth agenda, which is one of the priorities of Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
The outcome of discussions in Helsinki will contribute to the preparations for the Competitiveness Council meetings in September and November 2019, aiming at defining the key policy messages of the Competitiveness Council for the new Commission in the field of growth and competitiveness for the next five years. The Finnish Presidency emphasises that the EU needs a growth agenda to become more competitive in global markets and ensure that growth is sustainable, both environmentally and socially.