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Industrial policy dialogue and expert advice

The Industrial Forum supports the Commission in its analysis of industrial ecosystems and in assessing the different risks and needs of industry as it embarks on the twin digital and green transitions. Read about the forum and previous dialogues.

Industrial Forum

The new industrial strategy for Europe adopted in March 2020 announced the creation of an Industrial Forum as a new, inclusive and open mechanism for co-designing solutions with stakeholders. The Industrial Forum aims to support the Commission in its systematic analysis of the different industrial ecosystems and in assessing the different risks and needs of industry as it embarks on the twin digital and green transitions, and the strengthening of its resilience.

The Industrial Forum will also contribute to the recovery efforts, as a forum for EU countries and industry to exchange best practices aiming to transform industrial ecosystems. The Industrial Forum will offer a sounding board for stakeholders and showcase the state of European competitiveness – and the progress towards industrial transformation, bringing together the views of industrial stakeholders, public authorities, civil society organisations and investors.

Following an invitation to EU countries, the European Investment Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to nominate their representatives, and an open call for experts in December 2020, the forum was established in January 2021. It kicked off with its first meeting in February 2021.

The forum’s key tasks are

  • assisting the Commission in tracking the implementation of the March 2020 industrial strategy and providing input to the foreseen update of the strategy
  • contributing to the Commission’s work on industrial ecosystems in the context of the recovery, and their green and digital transformation, with a focus on cross-border and cross-ecosystem collaboration

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Industrial Forum in the Commission’s expert group register

Industry 2030 High Level Industrial Roundtable

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 consisted 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, after one and a half years of work, the group published its report with recommendations on future EU industrial policy strategy towards 2030.

The report (see below) sets out a vision of European industry in 2030 as a global leader, responsibly delivering value for society, the environment and the economy. Europe will build its competitive advantage on cutting-edge and breakthrough technologies, respect for our environment and biodiversity, investment in our people, and smart European and global alliances. Based on collaboration and our common European values, this new industrial model will help make Europe a role model for the rest of the world.

Turning the Industry 2030 vision into reality requires action and the collaboration of policy makers at all levels, industry stakeholders and broader civil society in Europe. The report identifies specific recommendations and game-changing actions that will help Europe better manage this fast and inclusive transformation, champion global competitiveness, and address social inclusiveness and values.

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A vision for European Industry until 2030 - final report of the Industry 2030 High Level Industrial Roundtable

Industry 2030 High Level Industrial Roundtable in the Register of Commission expert groups

Strategic Forum for Important Projects of Common European Interest

The objective of the strategic forum, which consisted 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

  • connected, clean and autonomous vehicles
  • hydrogen technologies and systems
  • smart health
  • industrial internet of things
  • low-CO2 emission industry
  • cybersecurity

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.

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Strengthening Strategic Value Chains for a future-ready EU industry - report of the Strategic Forum for Important Projects of Common European Interest

Factsheet - Strengthening strategic value chains for an EU industry fit for the future

Strategic forum members and meetings

Transformation of EU energy intensive industries for a climate neutral economy by 2050

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.

The masterplan looks into

  • the creation of markets for climate-neutral, circular economy products
  • developing climate-neutral solutions and financing their uptake
  • resources and deployment

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.

Related links

Masterplan for a competitive transformation of EU energy-intensive industries enabling a climate-neutral, circular economy by 2050

Factsheet: EU energy-intensive industries' 2050 masterplan

High Level expert Group on energy-intensive industries