News & Insights

A welcome push towards a future EU industrial policy strategy

Manufacturing has long been a central pillar to the European economy, directly employing over 34 million people across the EU, with almost 11 million of those represented by Orgalime in the engineering sectors. Despite the size and potential of the industry, it has been largely overlooked by policy makers in recent years. This is why we joined forces with some 127 other European manufacturing associations for the #Industry4Europe campaign in February 2017, calling on the European Commission to reaffirm its commitment to a target of 20% European GDP to be delivered by industry by 2020. It is our firm belief that to achieve this goal, the Commission needs to put in place an ambitious industrial strategy.  

Following hot on the heels of this coordinated campaign, the Competitiveness Council Conclusions adopted on 29 May have called on the European Commission to develop and to deliver a holistic EU industrial policy strategy – a welcome outcome. Orgalime has been persistent in its message to Brussels and to the Member States to place industry at the core of their economic policy. By adopting and implementing an Action Plan, a tangible impact on industry will be felt, in turn leading to more jobs, growth, competitiveness, and innovation.

This was a positive conclusion as the time for an ambitious EU industrial strategy is long overdue. We also welcome the Council’s message that the Commission should remove unnecessary regulatory barriers and stimulate a growth-friendly regulatory environment for industry. Now, the European Commission must step up to the plate: we are counting on it to act quickly on the Council Conclusions, and draw up both medium- and long-term objectives to deliver a European Industrial Renaissance.  

Read Orgalime’s full press release on the Council Conclusions here.

Download the Joint Declaration for more details on the cross-association campaign, and look out for the campaign on Twitter under the hashtag #Industry4Europe.

To read Orgalime’s recommendations on how EU policy makers can help manufacturing drive employment and growth, check out our updated Vision Paper.

Latest Tweets

Follow us on Twitter
How #IndustrialAI can boost Europe’s competitiveness and address challenges from #ClimateChange to mobility? These…
1 day 2 hours ago
Have you joined Orgalime's events this year? Check out our @Flickr page for all the pictures from #OrgalimeGA, #EFM…
1 day 18 hours ago
#Tb to our roundtable in which Europe’s #technology industries called for a strong #EUbudget with more investment p…
1 day 22 hours ago