Call on Council to support Key Enabling Technologies
At today's third meeting of the High Level Expert Group on Key Enabling Technologies , its members invited the European Council to provide political impetus to the implementation of the European strategy for Key enabling technologies (KETs) in order to rejuvenate manufacturing in Europe. EU Member States and European industry were also invited to establish KETs-based projects of common European interest. Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for Industry and Entrepreneurship, chaired the meeting at which the Group presented its contribution to the European Council discussion in March. The report recalls the Council's acknowledgment in 2012 of KETS' systemic importance for the whole economy and highlights the importance of KETs to achieve the goal of having industry represent 20% of the EU’s GDP by 2020. The important contribution such technologies will make to the EU’s ambition to transition to a low-carbon, energy-efficient economy is also emphasized. KETs are also one of the priorities in the Commission's re-industrialization strategy, as highlighted by last week's Communication for a European Industrial Renaissance in which Vice President Tajani reaffirmed that Europe cannot prosper without a strong industrial base and that industry is essential to the economic revival of Europe and its competitiveness. Key Enabling Technologies comprise micro- and nanoelectronics, advanced materials, industrial biotechnology, photonics, nanotechnology and advanced manufacturing systems.