Currently, the national costs of validation and translation of patents in Europe have a negative effect on research, development and innovation and undermines Europe's competitiveness. Indeed, a patent costs ten times more in Europe than one in the United States. To remedy this situation, the Commission presented a proposal on December 14 for the creation of a unitary patent protection. This system would allow Member States that so desired to agree to establish a patent, valid in all participating countries. In June 2010 the Commission had already submitted a proposal on the provisions relating to the translation of EU patent. But as the Council of Ministers of the European Union could not reach unanimous agreement on the language requirements for certification of patent in the EU, the Commission tabled a proposal to allow "enhanced cooperation" in this field, in accordance to European Treaties.