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Industrial competitiveness

Sustainable industrial policy, construction and raw materials

The Task Force will primarily have a coordination role across EU Services, as there already are well established implementation frameworks activities of this priority action line.It analyses the contributions of the construction sector to policy development on innovation, job creation, and social cohesion, energy efficiency, meeting environmental goals and achieving international growth. The purpose is to identify possible synergies, overlaps, inefficiencies and other co-ordination issues linked to the key contributions of the construction sector to the EU 2020 strategy, long-term Industrial Policy and other relevant EU goals.

The implementation framework is as follows:

  • Action Plan on Sustainable Competitiveness of the Construction Sector
    (including all construction/building related items in the priority action);
  • Eco-design regulations on industrial products and support services to SMEs;
  • Waste as a resource for European industry;
  • European Innovation Partnership on raw materials.

Upcoming deliverables/events:

In the implementation of the Construction 2020 Action Plan, the EC has set up a governance structure and organized in 2013 two meetings of the High Level Tripartite Strategic Forum (HLF) on construction and two meetings for each one of its five Thematic Groups (TG). A Conference on Innovation in Construction was also held on 21th October. During 2014, the EC will organize another 2 meetings for each TG; the first round of meetings will take place during April, the second round during September. The next meeting of the HLF is foreseen for December. A report of the HLF on the Action Plan of the Communication on Construction 2020 is to be published soon.

The first set of Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Regulations on industrial products will be adopted in 2014. Three Ecodesign Regulations on transformers, ventilation units and professional refrigeration should have been voted before summer 2014 and two more Labelling Regulations on ventilation units and professional storage cabinets should also be adopted in the same time frame.

In the context of the revision process of Directive 2008/98/EC on waste (WFD) and with the list of wastes established by Decision 2000/532/EC, the EC has finalised in August 2013 the study "'Treating waste as a resource for the EU Industry: Analysis of various waste streams and the competitiveness of their client industries", and has also awarded a follow up study which started on October 2013 and will finish March 2015. The study will provide an evaluation of the economic benefits of using industrial symbiosis by using a general equilibrium model (E3ME) in order to estimate the macroeconomic impacts of industrial symbiosis. In May 2013, the EC organized the Sustainable Industry Forum 2013 "Treating Waste as a Resource".

The EIP on Raw Materials, by means of its High Level Steering Group (HLSG) has adopted a Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP). which refers to 97 actions, brought together in 24 Action areas, under 3 pillars: technological, non-technological and international. A Call for Commitments to the various stakeholders (administrations, industry, research and development organisations) was launched on 31 October 2013 and closed on 07 February 2014. It aims to invite the different stakeholders to commit to implement the actions contained in the Strategic Implementation Plan.
In March-April 2014, the Commission will adopt a Communication to the Council and European Parliament on the Strategic Implementation Plan, clarifying what commitments the European Commission intends to take to implementation this Plan.

Task force leader: Marzena Rogalska (ENTR B1)
Contact point: Antonio Paparella (ENTR B1)

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