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Industrial structure report highlights need for industrial renaissance


According to a European Commission report published today on the current status of EU industry, most sectors have still not regained their pre-crisis level of output and significant differences exist between sectors and Member States.

The "EU industrial structure report 2013: Competing in Global Value Chains" sheds more light on the downward trend in manufacturing. Also highlighted are the mutually beneficial links between manufacturing and services as well as the importance of global value chains.

The report ultimately underlines the growing need to mainstream industrial  competitiveness into other policy fields. These issues, recently highlighted by the Commission's Communication on a European Industrial Renaissance, will be directly addressed at the forthcoming Competitiveness Council meeting on 20-21 February.


This report clearly shows that the 2008 crisis led to a significant acceleration of European industrial decline, and that industry needs targeted support to help it return to growth. Europe is still far from the 20% target of industry’s share in Europe’s GDP by 2020.
To meet this goal we need to focus on reindustrialisation. I therefore call on Member States to support the new industrial compact at this week's Competitiveness Council

Vice-President of the European Commission Antonio Tajani    
Commission calls for immediate action for a European Industrial Renaissance

The European Commission is urging Member States to recognise the central importance of industry for creating jobs and growth and to mainstream industry-related competitiveness concerns across all policy areas. This is the key message of the communication For a European Industrial Renaissance, adopted  on 22 January 2014. The Commission calls on the Council and the Parliament to adopt proposals on energy, transport, space and digital communications networks as well as implement and enforce legislation to complete the internal market. Furthermore industrial modernisation must be pursued by investing in innovation, resource efficiency, new technologies, skills and access to finance, accelerated by the use of dedicated EU funds.

Administrative burden will be slashed in eight industry sectors

The European Commission welcomed the vote of the European Parliament on the Commission proposal to make the internal market leaner for eight industry sectors.

Lifts, electrical and electronic equipment, simple pressure vessels, non-automatic weighing instruments, measuring instruments, explosives for civil uses, equipment used in explosive atmospheres and products which cause electromagnetic disturbances are included.

The objective of this legislation is to make product safety more effective across the EU and to ensure greater consistency and easy of complying with the rules throughout all sectors. Different labeling or traceability requirements as well as divergences regarding the declaration of conformity and in the legal definitions that apply, will no longer exist.

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Setting the Agenda for the European Defence Industry
04/03/2014 - Brussels

Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems - Hearing on third-party liability and insurance requirements
05/03/2014 - Brussels

Improving the access of GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) SME's to financing
25/02/2014 - Brussels

Info Day: EU funding for tourism
20/03/2014 - Brussels

Contracts and Grants

Boosting the Investment-Readiness of SMEs and Small Midcaps
Deadline: 15/04/2014

ICT Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs
Deadline: 09/12/2014

Innovative mobile e-government applications by SMEs
Deadline: 16/12/2015

Stimulating the innovation potential of SMEs for a low carbon energy system
Deadline: 17/12/2014

Networking of SMEs in the nano-biomedical sector
Deadline: 06/05/2014

Supporting SMEs efforts for the development innovative solutions for blue growth
Deadline: 17/12/2014

COSME Enterprise Europe Network 2015/2020
Deadline: 15/05/2014

Design and marketing of accessible tourism itineraries
Deadline: 22/10/2013

Improve the environment for transfer of Business
Deadline: 05/03/2014

Participate as expert (selection of university-business cooperation projects ERASMUS+)
Deadline: 31/12/2020

Testing the European Tourism System of Indicators for Sustainable Management

Publications and studies

Ideas for competitiveness of the fashion and high-end industries

Empowering European Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) to innovate

Knowledge Angels: fostering innovation in knowledge-intensive business services through creative individuals

Occurrence of cluster structures in knowledge-intensive services

Overview on studies on Research and Innovation

The Smart Guide to Service Innovation

Suggested readings

Discussion paper: Commission report on appropriate relations with the European Space Agency (ESA)

A simpler way to run your business if you are active in more than one EU country: The European Company

A new gastronomy portal: discover exciting food events during your holidays!

Paticipate in making innovation happen for active ageing and on raw materials


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