Informal Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Competitiveness

Informal Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Competitiveness

The Informal Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Competitiveness is set to discuss sustainable growth. Digitalisation, rapid technological advances, international competition and climate change are challenging the EU to work out new ways of creating sustainable growth, increasing competitiveness and promoting wellbeing.

On Thursday 4 July, EU ministers responsible for research will convene in Helsinki to discuss EU research and innovation policy and Horizon Europe, the EU’s next research and innovation framework programme.

The Friday meeting 5 July brings together EU ministers responsible for the single market, industry and competitiveness to discuss the future of the single market, industry and the low-carbon economy.

Preliminary programme

4 July 2019: Informal Meeting of Ministers responsible for Competitiveness (Research)

08:30 Doorstep, handshake

09:30 Opening words

09:45 Research and innovation as drivers for sustainable growth

  • Keynote by Sylvia Schwaag Serger, Professor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Lund University
  • Keynote by Kjell Forsén, CEO, Vaisala Oyj

Policy debate

12:15 Family Photo

12:30 Ministerial Working Lunch: Translating European excellence in knowledge and innovation into entrepreneurial success

  • Keynote by Pekka Laurila, CSO and co-founder, ICEYE

14:15 Missions as a strategic tool in Horizon Europe

  • Keynote by Mariana Mazzucato, Professor in Economics of Innovation and Public Value, University College London, presenting the report ‘Governing missions’

15:00 Working session in break-out groups

16:00 Closing of the meeting

Press conferences

5 July 2019: Informal Meeting of the Ministers responsible for Competitiveness (Internal Market and Industry)

08:00 Doorstep, handshake

09:00 Opening words

09:30 Sustainable growth – Integration of Single Market, Dynamic Digital Economy and Modern Industrial Policy

  • Keynote by Henrik Ehrnrooth, President & CEO, KONE Corporation
  • Keynote by Per Allmer, Chief Commercial Officer, Bombardier Tranportation
  • Keynote by Suvi Haimi, CEO and co-founder, Sulapac Ltd

Q&A session with keynote speakers

10:45 Coffee break

11:00 Discussions in break-out groups

  • Group 1: Future of European industries: What is needed for the modern European manufacturing industry to prosper in global context?
  • Group 2: Single market as a services market: What kind of single market policy is vital for services?
  • Group 3: Boosting digital business in Europe: What kind of policy measures are needed?
  • Group 4: External dimension of EU competitiveness: What is needed to ensure a level-playing-field?

12:00 Family Photo

12:15 Ministerial Working Lunch

13:45 Sustainable growth – Smart solutions for a competitive and climate-neutral Europe

  • Keynote by Michael Sen, Member of the Managing Board, Siemens AG
  • Keynote by Pekka Lundmark, President and CEO, Fortum

Policy debate

16:00 Closing of the meeting

Press Conference

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4.7.2019 – 5.7.2019


Mannerheimintie 13, Helsinki, Suomi


Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment