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.
EU Industry Days are the main EU platform for discussion and dialogue on the future of EU industry.
Co-created with main industrial stakeholders they gather thousands of participants across Europe. See the discussions from the 2017, 2018 and 2019 editions.
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 March 2020, the Commission presented a new strategy to help Europe's industry lead the twin transitions towards climate neutrality and digital leadership. The strategy aims to drive Europe's competitiveness and its strategic autonomy at a time of moving geopolitical plates and increasing global competition.
The Industry 2030 High Level Industrial Roundtable was established by the European Commission in December 2017 to provide independent advice on future EU industrial policy action. It consists of 20 experts representing small and big businesses, traditional and disruptive industries, trade unions, the innovation and research community, as well as finance and academia. In June 2019, the group published its final report, 'A vision for industry until 2030'.
The objective of the strategic forum, which consists of 45 members representing EU countries, industry and the research community, was to identify key strategic value chains in Europe and propose a common vision for joint actions and investments between the EU, member countries and industry.
These strategic value chains are interlinked and integrated industrial activities with great potential to contribute to Europe’s green and digital transformation, and to improve Europe’s industrial competitiveness. The forum analysed several European industrial value chains and selected 6 strategic value chains where further joint and coordinated efforts are needed
The strategic forum’s report, published in November 2019, identifies enabling actions for these strategic value chains, which range from joint investments, and consolidation of the single market through regulations and standards to the development of new skills. The report also calls for an agile governance process to monitor technological and industrial developments, to identify emerging strategic value chains and to monitor and evaluate the progress of work on these value chains.
In November 2019, the High Level Group on Energy Intensive Industries published the masterplan on the transformation of EU energy intensive industries to enable a climate neutral, circular economy by 2050. The masterplan presents an integrated policy framework with recommendations to ensure that these industries can contribute to Europe’s 2050 climate-neutrality ambitions, while staying competitive.
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It also focuses on the need to ensure a just transition and considers the need to equip workers with new skills and help communities dependent on these industries to manage the transition.
The masterplan will feed into the Commission’s work on the European Green Deal and new EU industrial strategy.
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 and figures.