Industrial Policy (Chapter 15) -
“Training for civil servants on negotiations, with emphasis on
Business and Industry Policy”
authority: Government Office for European Affairs in Ljubljana
The overall goal was to support the
Slovenian preparation for EU membership. The immediate objective was to
give civil servants from line ministries a better understanding of the
nature of EU-negotiations – with emphasis on Business and Industry.
The project was implemented in Ljubljana and Kranj from July to
September 1999 with the following major points:
Practical guidelines were presented concerning the
EU-negotiation, mainly in the regime of the Council among Member States
and the use of informal consultation. Motives and interests of the 15
Member States, the roles of the Presidency, the Commission, the Council
Secretariat and the national delegations. In addition, a suggested
negotiation method was presented, highlighting 7 important points to be
used in the EU.
The philosophy of the Internal Market and the impact of WTO.
The market integration from the perspectives of Brussels, the state and
the enterprise. The sensitive issue of state aid for industry and national
preferences. Also, details such as the CE mark with practical cases and
public procurement were presented.
Health and safety at the work place and the
related framework directive and specific directives as a part of the
Social Dimension. The RTD-programmes and the fifth framework programme as
an element of the industrial policy were discussed. Finally the picture of
the industrial policy as the initial “grand design” of the Commission
vis-à-vis the traditions in the Member States, in particular, the Treaty
characterizing the industrial policy of the EU as an “umbrella”
concept, setting the goal, thus leaving the specific initiatives to other
policy articles in the Treaty.
For an overview of EU-negotiation seminars implemented by the
European Institute, please click here