Competitiveness Council PARTICIPANTS The Governments of the Member States and the European Commission were represented as follows: Belgium: Ms Fientje MOERMAN Minister for Economic Affairs, Energy, Foreign Trade and Scientific Policy Denmark: Mr Bendt BENDTSEN Minister for Economic Affairs, Trade and Industry Mr. Helge SANDER Minister for Science, Technology and Development Germany: Mr Edelgard BULMAHN: Federal Minister for Education and Research Mr Georg Wilhelm ADAMOWITSCH State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Labour Greece: Mr Apostolos TSOCHATZOPOULOS Minister for Development Mr Dimitrios DENIOSOS General Secretary in charge of Research Spain: Mr Juan COSTA CLIMENT Minister for Science and Technology Mr Ramón DE MIGUEL Y EGEA State Secretary for European Affairs France: Ms Nicole FONTAINE Minister attached to the Minister for Economic Affairs, Finance and Industry, with responsibility for Industry Ms Claudie HAIGNERE Minister attached to the Minister for Youth, Education and Research, with responsibility for Research and New Technology Ireland: Mr Peter GUNNING Deputy Permanent Representative Italy: Mr Rocco BUTTIGLIONE Minister without portfolio, Minister for Community Policies Mrs Letizia MORATTI Minister for Education, the Universities and Research Mr Mario VALDUCCI State Secretary for Production Activities Luxembourg: Mr Henri GRETHEN Minister for Economic Affairs, Minister for Transport Ms Erna HENNICOT-SCHOEPGES Minister for Culture, Higher Education and Research, Minister for Public Works Netherlands: Mr Laurens Jan BRINKHORST Minister for Economic Affairs Ms M. J. van der HOEVEN Minister for Education, Cultural Affairs and Science Austria: Mr Martin BARTENSTEIN Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Labour Ms Elisabeth GEHRER Federal Minister for Education, Science and Culture Portugal: Mr Carlos COSTA NEVES State Secretary for European Affairs Mr Franquelim ALVES State Secretary to the Minister for Economic Affairs Mr José PINTO PAIXÃO State Secretary to the Minister for Science and Higher Education Finland: Mr Mauri PEKKARINEN Minister for Trade and Industry Sweden: Mr Thomas ÖSTROS Minister for Education Mr Sven-Eric SÖDER State Secretary to the Minister for Industry, Employment and Communications United Kingdom: Lord SAINSBURY of TURVILLE Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Science and Innovation ------------------------------------------------------------------ Commission: Mr Erkki LIIKANEN Commissioner for Enterprise and the Information Society Mr António VITORINO Member Mr Frits BOLKESTEIN Commissioner for Justice and Internal Market Mr Philippe BUSQUIN Member ------------------------------------------------------------------ The Governments of the Acceding States were represented as follows: Czech Republic: Mr Miroslav SOMOL Deputy Minister, Ministry for Industry and Trade Estonia: Mr Meelis ATONEN Minister for Economic Affairs and Communications Mr Toivo MAIMETS Minister for Education and Research Cyprus: Mr Sotiris SOTIRIOU Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Latvia: Mr Eduard STIPRAIS Deputy Permanent Representative Lithuania: Mr Nerijus EIDUKEVICIUS Deputy Minister for Economy Mr Rimantas VAITKUS Deputy Minister for Education and Science Hungary: Mr Péter GOTTFRIED Deputy State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Malta: Mr Edwin VASSALLO Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs Poland: Ms Danuta HÜBNER Secretary of the Committee for European Integration Mr Krysztof KRYSTOWSKI Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Economy, Labour and Social Affairs Slovakia: Mr Martin FRONC Minister of Education Slovenia: Mr Matjaz LOGAR State Secretary
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