Industrial policy

Industrial policy

The European Commission is investing in EU industry for a modern, clean and fair economy. We promote industrial competitiveness through many of our major initiatives and aim to empower citizens, revitalise regions and have the best technologies for the smart, innovative industry of the future.

European Industry Day

EU Industry Day 2018 is taking place on 22-23 February. The event will update stakeholders on the Commission's strategic approach to industrial policy and actions to further develop industrial competitiveness in Europe. 

More information and registration for EU Industry Day

Industry is the engine of innovation, productivity growth and exports. It offers quality jobs to Europeans.

However, our industrial structure is undergoing deep transformation driven by digital and other new technologies, and new business models. So a modernisation effort is required to ensure that our industry stays competitive in global markets: we must embrace technological change; integrate products and services; develop technologies that use less energy, reduce waste and avoid pollution; and invest in a workforce with the right skills.

In September 2017 we outlined a renewed industrial policy strategy that brings together all existing and new horizontal and sector-specific initiatives into a comprehensive industrial strategy.

Our strategic approach to industrial competitiveness aims to empower citizens, revitalise regions and have the best technologies for the smart, clean and innovative industry of the future. 

A future for people

Revitalising our regions

  • Developing clusters - groups of enterprises and related supporting actors cooperating together in a particular location - to facilitate cooperation between businesses, investors, universities and research centres
  • Encouraging partnerships between local industries via thematic smart specialisation platforms
  • Supporting regional transformation via smart specialisation strategies and the European Structural and Investment Funds

Technology leading the way

Supporting industry through key initiatives

The Commission promotes industrial competitiveness with all its major initiatives: the Investment Plan for Europe, the Single Market Strategy, the Digital Single Market strategy, the Circular Economy package, Energy Union, Capital Markets Union, the New Skills Agenda for Europe, and the Trade for All Strategy.

We also take sectorial action if needed: from cars to steel, and space to defence - see Industry in Europe: Facts & figures.