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 took place on 22-23 February. The event updated stakeholders on the Commission's strategic approach to industrial policy and actions to further develop industrial competitiveness in Europe. Read the discussions
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 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 expert group aims to identify key strategic value chains that require well-coordinated action and investments, from industry as well as public authorities from several EU countries. The Strategic Forum has selected 6 key strategic value chains. Specifically, Connected, clean and autonomous vehicles, Smart health, Low-carbon industry, Hydrogen technologies and systems, Industrial Internet of Things, and Cybersecurity. For which the Forum will develop recommendations for actions by June 2019. In April and May 2019, the Commission will organise a set of workshops and invite stakeholders to assist in the development of value chain specific recommendations.
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.