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Organise a stakeholder session as part of 'EU Industry Days 2019'

Organise a stakeholder session as part of 'EU Industry Days 2019'
Published on: 19/07/2018 Last update: 03/08/2018
Deadline: 30/09/2018
The 2019 edition of EU Industry Days will take place in Brussels on 5-6 February 2019 and will consist of a mix of events organised by both the European Commission and stakeholders. Stakeholders from any sector of industry or the research and innovation community are invited to submit their proposals to organise a session on either of the 2 days.

Submissions of expressions of interest are open

Why should you apply?

Stakeholder sessions are an excellent opportunity to bring together key players to discuss topics that are relevant to your industry and engage with a diverse audience representing a variety of industrial sectors from all over Europe. The high interest in EU Industry Days and various communication activities will give you visibility and impact.

Thematic areas selected for 2019

  • industry and sustainability
  • industry and globalisation
  • innovation and digitalisation


Each stakeholder session organiser will be allocated a 1 hour 30 minute slot for their session on either the 5th or 6th February, and will be provided with a dedicated room inside the venue. More details will follow regarding specifications of the setting.

How will proposals be selected?

The Commission will select a maximum of 15 stakeholder sessions, across the 3 thematic areas. The selection of the sessions will be done by an ad-hoc selection committee within the Commission and it will be based on:

  • relevance to the thematic area(s) outlined above
  • European relevance

Furthermore, applications containing the following will be considered advantageous and are encouraged:

  • appropriate geographical and gender balance of speakers
  • interactivity (while considering the fixed features of the room)

Organisers should also ensure that the maximum number of speakers is 5 in total

The European Commission has sole and absolute discretion to select the sessions based on the above-mentioned criteria. No individual feedback will be provided to unsuccessful candidates but they will be informed by email that their applications have not been retained.  

Taking into account the high level of interest in stakeholder sessions, in case a proposal is not selected, the Commission may offer the organisers the possibility to organise the session as a 'local event' under EU Industry Week (see the call for expressions of interest). Local events can be held anywhere in Europe, as organisers are free to structure them in their preferred format, duration and venue.

The events will still be labelled as EU Industry Week events, and will be promoted on the Industry Day 2019 website.

How does the Commission support selected stakeholder sessions?

The Commission will support the stakeholder sessions by offering their organisers:

  • a 1.5 hour slot on the programme of EU Industry Days 2019
  • a room in a venue for up to 200 participants
  • access to the conference catering services
  • promotion of the event through the event's promotion channels
  • promotion of the session results: stakeholder session organisers will submit short proceedings of their session to the Commission. The Commission will reserve the right to edit the proceedings and use them in its future communication materials about EU Industry Days
  • to keep participation as inclusive as possible, the Commission has the intention to reimburse travel and accommodation expenses for a maximum of 2 selected speakers per session. The organisers of the selected sessions will receive the information concerning the reimbursement of such expenses after the closing of the selection procedure

How to apply

Fill in this survey by 30 September 2018 at 23:59 (Brussels time). The Commission will inform applicants of the results of the selection process by 31 October 2018.


In September 2017, the Industrial Policy Strategy Communication established EU Industry Day as an annual event ahead of the spring European Council to ensure that our policies deliver jobs, growth and innovation in Europe. The second EU Industry Day took place in 2018 and it gathered even greater interest than the first, with 1,000 participants from across the EU and a large variety of industrial sectors and civil society taking part. It also saw the participation of 2 Vice-Presidents of the Commission and an enlarged cooperation across Commission departments, which set the grounds for successful cooperation with public authorities, businesses and trade unions for developing a joint vision for the future of European industry. The success of the event proved that Europe is 'back', particularly in terms of its industry.

EU Industry Days 2019 will take place in the Egg venue in Brussels. 

Throughout January, February and March 2019 local events will take place across Europe, under the 'EU Industry Week' brand.  


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