Boosting Europe's industry for growth and jobs:
Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 20/11/2012 First transmission: 20/11/2012
- extracts from the debate
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
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||SOUNDBITE (Italian): Antonio TAJANI, Vice-President of the European Commission, responsible for Industry and Entrepreneurship: "The Commission is evaluating a competition policy internally and trying to find one that will make Europe more competitive and take account of globalisation. Since 1957 a awful lot has changed, we just not only competing with one another inside the European Union, we have to compete primarily with countries outside the EU. And so that will be a proposal, a proposal that will change the situation. Commissioner Almunia will come up with that and the COM will be also discussing the EU competitiveness policy in a free and open context to try to make ourselves more competitive on the world stage."
||SOUNDBITE (English): Zita GURMAI, (S&D, HU): "Promoting innovation also means to promote young entrepreneurs; young female entrepreneurs who are talents are largely under exploited. Europe needs to also invest in out infrastructures, especially regarding traffic networks by taking into consideration by the National and regional specificities. In order to do so Europe needs other adequate funding programme such as connecting Europe or the Horizon 2020 strategy that can play an important role and require sufficient budget, more over we must do our utmost to prevent the social catastrophes, we witness today when it comes to industrial restructuring. To that end fostering the social dialogue is crucial therefore I like to ask you Dear Commissioner how you intend better associate Trade Unions to this strategy."
||SOUNDBITE (Italian): Antonio TAJANI, Vice-President of the European Commission, responsible for Industry and Entrepreneurship: "The objectives we set ourselves must be ones which are attainable. If we are expecting of industry certain things at a time where there is no global agreement on the CO2 global emissions, if we set then there objectives that are unattainable then the danger is that there will be relocation of industry in a way that would compound the problems of climate change therefore we must look beyond the boundaries of the European Union and provide incentives, so that other respect our standards."
||SOUNDIBTE (English): Philippe DE BACKER, (ALDE, BE): "We all know that our industry is going through a process of transformation but therefore it is important not only to stimulate R&D but to also bring the products to the market. And this is something where Europe is clearly lacking behind and there the additional question to that; how will the Commission help to push R&D but also bring those products and services to the market."
||SOUNDBITE (Italian): Antonio TAJANI, Vice-President of the European Commission, responsible for Industry and Entrepreneurship: "There is quality challenge that our companies face on the world market, the COM text on the re-industrialisation of the Union specifies that sectors and qualities that we are aiming at, all the financial effort has to be concentrated including Horizon 2020. And that should make it possible to invest in research aimed at our industrial policy."
||SOUNDIBTE (English): László ANDOR European Commissioner responsible for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion:
"It is true that the economy is a dynamic system especially in a time of global competition, we have to face also an industrial transformation. Skills, the Human capital play an decisive role in that. Yesterday I had an opportunity to look at a centre in Portugal where there is a modernisation on vocational training ongoing and especially in countries which have to make great efforts in order to revive their competitiveness and make steps forward for re-industrialisation, this is a crucial issue and that's why it is very important to see how eager instruments like the European Social Fund can support the modernisation of vocational training and the development of skills."
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