Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

European Industry Day

European Industry Day
Published on: 01/09/2017
400 participants, key industrial players, global trend shapers and high-level policy makers inspired a debate on the future of European industry.
Event date: 28/02/2017
Location: Charlemagne Building, Rue de la Loi 170 - 1000 Brussels - Belgium

The event opened with a video message from Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

High-level policy makers, including Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, and Commissioners Elżbieta Bieńkowska (Internal Market, Industry, SMEs and Entrepreneurship) and Carlos Moedas (Research and Innovation) participated in the event.

Representatives of traditional and new, disruptive sectors presented their views on the future of their business. Entrepreneurs, innovators, start-ups and the tech community shared the stage with key EU political leaders.

Speakers from the Committee of Regions, the European Investment Bank, the European Parliament, Business Europe and the European Trade Union Confederation were also present.

The nature of industry is changing, driven by rapid technological change. The evolution of industrial activity is characterised by digitalisation, clean and circular technologies, and a higher reliance on services.

The Commission fully supports its industry and makes a strong contribution to jobs and growth in Europe. We have acted by establishing industrial competitiveness into all our major policy initiatives from the Investment Plan and Horizon 2020 to the Single Market Strategy, from circular economy to Digitising European Industry. Our strategic approach to industrial competitiveness aims to empower businesses, citizens and entire regions to be fit for the future.

With this in mind, we organised the first European Industry Day to take stock of existing actions and stimulate debate on a joint vision for the long-term future of European industry.

  • What has been achieved by mainstreaming industrial competitiveness into EU policy?
  • How will people find their place in the new industrial revolution?
  • What is the role of regional ecosystems for industrial transformation?
  • What are the key technologies for the future of industry?

During the event, we also identified gaps to make further progress towards smart, clean and innovative industry that creates employment and high living standards for our citizens.

Videos from the event can be found below:

See also some photos from the event.


More information

First European Industry Day summary of the discussions

Investing in EU Industry leaflet

Industry in Europe brochure

European Industry Day - programme

For more information contact the EU Industry Day team: