10.10.2012: Industrial Policy Communication Update "A Stronger European Industry for Growth and Economic Recovery [200 KB]", COM(2012)582
Immediate action should contribute to reverse the current downward trend from its current level of 15.6% of EU GDP to as much as 20% of EU GDP by 2020.
Vice-President Tajani: "We cannot continue to let our industry leave Europe. Our figures are crystal clear: European industry can deliver growth and can create employment. Today we tabled the conditions for the sustainable industry of the future in Europe, to develop the investments needed in new technologies and to rebuild a climate of confidence and entrepreneurship. By working together and restoring confidence, we can bring back industry to Europe."
Three accompanying documents:
Progress made in the implementation of the policies announced in 2010, and evidence on the current situation and performance of the EU industry [2 MB], SWD(2012)297;
Industrial Performance Scoreboard and Report on Member States' Competitiveness Performance and Policies [5 MB] , SWD(2012)298. Starting in 2012, a new scoreboard assesses Member States' performance in five key areas: manufacturing productivity; export performance; innovation and sustainability; business environment and infrastructure; and finance and investment;
European Competitiveness Report 2012: Reaping the benefits of globalization [7 MB] , SWD(2012)299. It analyses the main globalisation trends in the last 15 years and the implied costs and benefits and the challenges ahead for EU businesses.
Application of competitiveness proofing has been further mainstreamed in 2012. The following Commission initiatives were adopted based on a more in-depth assessment of their impacts on industry competitiveness:
These cases are available in the public domain:
- Posting of workers
- Revision of the Data Protection Regulation
- CO2 emissions of cars and vans
- Roadmap towards a 2050 low-carbon economy
- Action Plan for the Security Industry
These cases are upcoming (impact assessment stage or in inter-service consultation):
- Amendments to the Toy Safety Directive
- Safety of Nuclear Power Plants
- European Tourism Label for Quality Systems
- Directive on Package Travel and Holiday Tours
- Review of the Fertilisers Regulation
- General Product Safety Directive
- Unique identifier for medicines intended for human use
- Review of Personal Protective Equipment Directive
- Strategy for reducing Heavy Duty Vehicles' CO2 emissions and fuel consumption
- Eco design regulations for: domestic cooking appliances; professional refrigeration equipment
The Commission has attached as well high priority on assessing impacts on sectorial competitiveness in the Impact Assessments preparing the trade negotiations with Japan and the US.
07.12.2012: Ecodesign Working Plan for the period 2012-2014 [126 KB] , SWD(2012)434.
The Ecodesign Directive foresees that the Commission prepares a three year rolling working plan to prioritise product groups in order to explore potential ecodesign and/or energy labelling requirements through dedicated studies. This new working plan is the first one to include energy-related products (windows, thermal insulation products, power cables) and also includes water-related products.
17.12.2012: Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council: Review of Directive 2009/125/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 October 2009 establishing a framework for the setting of ecodesign requirements for energy-related products (recast) 2012 Review [61 KB]
It concluded that no legislative changes were necessary in the Directive, as it is achieving its policy objectives reasonably well. The Report also concluded that it would be premature to enlarge the scope of the Directive, but referred to the forthcoming review of the Energy Labelling Directive in 2014 for a wider assessment of the EU's sustainable product policy.
Specific Action to promote Ecodesign by SMEs manufacturers. A call for proposals (budget: EUR 4.5 million), within the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme, to promote Ecodesign among SME manufacturers has been closed on 5.11.2012; activities will start in April 2013. General information will be provided to about 5,000 SMEs, at least 2,500 SMEs will receive eco-design training and eco-design audits, and 200 specific projects to assist them in "eco-designing" a particular product will be carried out. This way, European SMEs will increase their competitiveness by becoming more resource efficient and by focusing on higher added value, innovative products.
Implementation of the Sustainable Industry Low Carbon (SILC) initiative. SILC is an EU grant scheme for helping energy intensive manufacturing industries to develop technological and non- technological innovation measures that reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and maintain their competitiveness.
08.03.2012: Publication of the second call for proposals and selection of a further batch of projects. Grants were awarded to two project consortia in December 2012, with EU co-financing amounts of EUR 916 377 and EUR 348 392 respectively.
Participation in the European Resource Efficiency Platform (EREP) that contributes to shaping the transition towards a more resource efficient, yet competitive and resilient economy as a follow up of the Resource Efficiency Roadmap. The Platform will present short-term recommendations in mid-2013 and medium to long-term recommendations in 2014.
31.07.2012: Communication "Strategy for the sustainable competitiveness of the construction sector and its enterprises [114 KB]” COM(2012)433.
This action plan addresses the following 5 priority lines:
- stimulating favourable investment conditions, in particular in the renovation and maintenance of buildings and infrastructures;
- improving the human capital basis of the sector;
- improving resource efficiency, environmental performance and business opportunities;
- strengthening the Internal Market;
- fostering the global competitive position of the EU construction enterprises.
A tripartite (Commission, Member States and interest groupings) High level Forum and Thematic Groups will be created to steer the implementation of the communication's action plan.
Promotion of the adoption of Eurocodes in third countries, notably Russia (dialogue with Russian government; seminar on "Bridge Design with Eurocodes" on 1-2/10/2012).