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Informal Meeting of Ministers for Competitiveness (COMPET)
Monday, 12 May 2014 to Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Zappeion Megaron, Athens

On Monday 12 May, the Informal Competitiveness Council/Industry, chaired by Minister of Development and Competitiveness Kostis Hatzidakis will review the latest developments and set the framework for a possible action roadmap, following the decisions of the spring European Council. Two subtopics have been identified by the Greek Presidency as key challenges for European Industry:

-    Innovation and Key Enabling Technologies, focusing on ways to close the innovation gap, connecting the “smart specialization strategy” to industrial competitiveness and analyzing the role of Key Enabling Technologies.  
-    Competitiveness of Energy Intensive Industries, focusing on the state-of-play, perspectives and possible mitigating actions for Europe’s Energy Intensive Industries (EIIs).  

On Tuesday 13 May, the Informal Competitiveness Council/Research, chaired by Professor Constantinos Arvanitopoulos, Minister of Education and Religious Affairs will focus on three themes: the political priority of the Greek Presidency for the Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation for Research and Innovation, the European Innovation Partnerships (EIPs) and the Commission Communication adopted on 8 May 2014 on “Innovation in the Blue Economy: Realising the potential of our seas and oceans”.