Draft Council Conclusions on: "Life Sciences and Biotechnology - a Strategy for Europe"

September 18, 2003

Brussels, 17 Sep 2003

Full text of Document 12506/03
Suite of documents 12506/03

No. prev. doc.: 128/03 RECH 137 ENV 440 CONSOM 95 SAN 177 DEVGEN 113 MI 201
No. Cion prop.: 7473/03 RECH 37 ENV 163 CONSOM 24 SAN 46 DEVGEN 31 MI 56 IND 39
Subject: Draft Council Conclusions on: "Life sciences and biotechnology - a strategy for Europe"

1. On 10 March 2003, the Commission submitted to the Council a communication entitled: "Life sciences and biotechnology - a strategy for Europe - progress report and future orientations"1. This communication is the Commission's response to the invitation, contained in the conclusions and roadmap for a strategy on life sciences and biotechnology adopted by the Council on 26 November 2002 2, to submit yearly reports on the implementation of the roadmap and strategy.

1 Doc. 7473/03 RECH 37 ENV 163 CONSOM 24 SAN 46 DEVGEN 31 MI 56 IND 39 AGRI 72 SOC 129 RELEX 104 EDUC 46 AG 9 + ADD 1. 2 Doc. 5745/03 RECH 12 ENV 50 CONSOM 8 SAN 17 DEVGEN 10 MI 18 IND 10 AGRI 18 SOC 32 RELEX 31 EDUC 23 AG 5 and O.J. Nº C 39 of 18.2.2003.

2. Further to examination of the Commission's progress report, the Presidency submitted draft conclusions. On 10 September 2003, the Permanent Representatives' Committee reached agreement on the text of the draft Council conclusions. It recommends, therefore, that the Competitiveness Council on 22 September 2003 should adopt the Council conclusions as set out in the Annex to this report.

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