Brussels, 09 Feb 2005
Delegations will find attached a set of questions which are intended to guide the debate by the Council on Heading 1a) (competitiveness for growth and employment) of the Financial Framework 2007-2013 at its meeting on 21 February 2005.
The choice of questions is not intended in any way to limit the debate but rather, by focussing on a number of main issues, to help structure it and so to make progress. There will be additional opportunities for discussion on this heading during future Council meetings, and delegations will be able to raise other aspects related to Heading 1a) during any of those meetings. It furthermore remains the case that the negotiations on the future Financial Perspective are global negotiations where nothing can be considered as agreed until everything is agreed.
It is recalled finally that a number of proposals relevant to this sub-Heading (in particular, on research and development) are still pending; they will be presented at the beginning of April.