The European Commission aims to support industrial modernisation and ensure European leadership in global markets in the context of industrial revolution and digital transformation.
The 2014 Communication, For a European Industrial Renaissance sets out the Commission’s priorities for industrial policy and calls on EU countries to recognise the central importance of industry for creating growth and jobs. It provides an overview of actions undertaken and puts forward new ones to:
This policy was complemented in 2016 by the Communication, Digitising European Industry - Reaping the full benefits of a Digital Single Market which focuses on digital transformation and addresses related challenges such as funding, ICT standardisation, big data or skills. Moreover the Start-up and Scale-up Initiative adopted in 2016 aims to give Europe's many innovative entrepreneurs every opportunity to become world leading companies.
We are committed to helping European industries be competitive and generate growth and jobs. We develop policies and actions for the modernisation of the industrial base and for the transition towards an ever more innovative, modern and sustainable economy.
Industrial policy contributes to Europe's competitiveness by establishing appropriate framework conditions (such as smart legislation). In this regard, the Commission has developed sector-specific action plans and smart legislation that supports key industrial sectors including: chemicals; automotive; tourism; textiles, fashion and creative industries; raw materials, metals, minerals and forest-based industries; mechanical engineering; electrical and electronic engineering; the food and drink industry; healthcare; biotechnology; aeronautics and maritime industries.
Industrial policy is implemented in conjunction with competition policy to prevent distortions in the Single Market through control of state aid and mergers, as well as antitrust enforcement.
To help to achieve our policy goals, and to promote innovation and entrepreneurship, we develop and manage targeted support actions under the following EU programmes:
In addition, in the context of the European Structural and Investment Funds, the Commission helps EU countries and regions to work together on industrial platforms. These partnerships, notably between regions, are facilitated through a Smart Specialisation Platform for industrial modernisation.
The 2012 Communication, A Stronger European Industry for Growth and Economic Recovery, initiated a new partnership between the EU, its member countries and industry. It focused on three pillars:
Six task forces were set up to implement specific measures and boost investment for innovation across key priority areas: advanced manufacturing, key enabling technologies, bio-based products, sustainable industrial policy, clean vehicles and smart grids.
As a result of this Communication:
Previously, the 2010 Communication, An Integrated Industrial Policy for the Globalisation Era promoted a comprehensive approach to meet both competitiveness and sustainability objectives. It resulted in the first integrated strategy encompassing competition, trade, innovation and energy.