Revolutionising Europe’s entrepreneurial culture
Since he took office in 2010, European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani has made it a priority to reignite Europe’s entrepreneurial spirit to lead the EU out of crisis. In addition to facilitating financial support and promoting digital innovation, EU initiatives have been successfully educating and encouraging women and young people to realise new business opportunities.
Energy costs, regulations threaten EU aluminium industry
Under the right conditions, Europe’s aluminium industry can flourish. At present, however, factors such as increasing electricity prices and burdensome regulations threaten EU plants. The European Commission is therefore evaluating how to address these challenges and ensure a brighter future for aluminium production in Europe.
Action plans for core industry sectors: Reinforcing Europe’s industrial foundation
Over the past four years, European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani launched several action plans to help core industry sectors overcome difficulties arising from overcapacity, high production costs and trade distortions. The aim is to reshape, support and strengthen the EU’s industrial base.
Galileo and Copernicus, two European satellite programmes: A launching pad for EU industry
Galileo and Copernicus, two European satellite programmes, are advancing Europe’s march into the 21st century. By making high-quality Earth observation data widely available, Galileo and Copernicus will help a multitude of sectors take off.
Raw materials: Recycled resources, new potential
The supply of raw materials, the lifeblood of today's high-tech industry, is increasingly under pressure. Thus, as Europe shifts towards a more resource-efficient economy, the European Commission is committed to using any and all resources at our disposal – including waste. This push is part of European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani’s European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on raw materials, designed to establish Europe as the leader in raw material exploration, extraction, processing and recycling by 2020.
Moving forward with the European Industrial Renaissance
At the beginning of 2014, European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani unveiled his plan for a ‘European Industrial Renaissance’. In an interview with Enterprise & Industry Magazine, Vice-President Tajani explains why the Commission is pushing for this Renaissance, and what Member States need to do to keep European industry on the road to recovery.
The European Commission has called for a European effort to boost key enabling technologies (KETs). The global market in KETs, which comprises micro- and nanoelectronics, advanced materials, industrial biotechnology, photonics, nanotechnology and advanced manufacturing systems, is forecast to grow from €646 billion to over €1 trillion between 2008 and 2015; this is a jump of over 54%, or more than 8% of the EU’s GDP. Rapid growth in jobs is expected, too. In nanotechnology industries alone, the number of jobs in the EU is expected to increase from 160 000 in 2008, to around 400 000 by 2015.