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The next Committee Meeting will be held on Wednesday, 24 September 2014 (15.00 - 18.30) and Thursday, 25 September 2014 (9.00 - 12.30) in JAN 2Q2. The draft agenda can be found here.
 
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Study on 'Horizon 2020: Key Enabling Technologies (KETs), Booster for European Leadership in the Manufacturing Sector'
Study on 'How can European industry contribute to growth and foster European competitiveness?'
 
 

   
 
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Meetings with Commissioners Oettinger and Nelli Feroci

In the Committee meeting on 24 September, Mr Günter Oettinger, Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner in charge of energy will address Europe's energy security challenge following the crisis in Ukraine and present the Commission's recent proposals relating to energy security and energy efficiency.
 
In addition, Mr Ferdinando Nelli Feroci, Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, will present on Industry, Competitiveness and Space policy. He will update the Members on the incident that happened on August 22nd during the launch of two Galileo satellites by a Soyuz vehicle from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana. He will also present the 2014 Competitiveness report.

   
 
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AFET DEVE INTA ECON JURI CULT AFCO LIBE FEMM ENVI EMPL ITRE TRAN PECH AGRI 04-09-2014 - 15:03  

The priorities of the Italian Council Presidency are being outlined to the various parliamentary committees by Italian ministers on 2 and 3 September, following a first series of meetings held on 22 and 23 July. This text will be updated after each session.

Presentation and responsibilities
 
Committee responsible for:
1. the Union’s industrial policy and related measures, and the application of new technologies, including measures related to SMEs;
2. the Union’s research and innovation policy, including science and technology as well as the dissemination and exploitation of research findings;
3. European space policy;
4. the activities of the Joint Research Centre, the European Research Council, the European Institute of Innovation and Technology and the Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, as well as JET, ITER and other projects in the same area;
5. Union measures relating to energy policy in general and in the context of the establishment and functioning of the internal energy market, including measures relating to:
(a) the security of energy supply in the Union,
(b) the promotion of energy efficiency and energy saving and the development of new and renewable forms of energy,
(c) the promotion of interconnection of energy networks and energy efficiency including the establishment and development of trans-European networks in the energy infrastructure sector;
6. the Euratom Treaty and Euratom Supply Agency; nuclear safety, decommissioning and waste disposal in the nuclear sector;
7. the information society, information technology and communications networks and services, including technologies and security aspects and the establishment and development of trans-European networks in the telecommunication infrastructure sector as well as the activities of the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA).
 
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With reindustrialization as the overarching aim, the ITRE Committee will have four priority areas on which to concentrate.
 
First of all, we must ensure that EU’s legal and economic framework enables the European industrial sector to become more innovative. This will require adapting and mobilizing EU’s R&D and education programs to effectively respond to the actual needs of the industry.
 
Secondly, EU’s policies must boost the development and growth of European small and medium-sized enterprises. Helping strengthen SMEs is as much about financing, as about openness of research programs, skills-development training schemes, or fiscal legislation.
 
Our third priority area is to build a true European digital market. It is about the advantages of scale of a European market to lower the costs and drive the innovativeness of Europe’s businesses. Both ITRE and the Parliament as a whole can show a very good record in this field – and we will still go further, with new legislation.
 
Last, but perhaps most importantly, exploiting the full potential of EU’s common energy policy will be a fundamental priority for us. Only with secure energy can we make our economy globally competitive and avoid economic decline.
 
Our aim is to bring the European economy back on the growth track, and to do so in a sustainable way. We want to make Europe a better place to live.