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 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.
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.
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.