The high level group on competitiveness and growth held an informal meeting in Dublin Castle on 25 January 2004. This group is the main preparatory working group of the EU competitiveness council and is chaired by a senior official in my Department. The agenda for the meeting included a discussion of the competitiveness council contribution to the spring European Council and a discussion of the role and work programme of the group.
Following consideration by the group of key competitiveness issues facing the EU in the short to medium term, the Presidency drafted the contribution of the competitiveness council which was considered at a formal meeting of the group in Brussels on 18 February. This document will form the basis for discussion by Ministers at the EU competitiveness council, which takes place on 11 March 2004.