Joint Reaction Paper for an Ambitious EU Industrial Strategy

Joint reaction to the Communication of the European Commission on“Investing in a smart, innovative and sustainable Industry : A renewed EU Industrial Policy Strategy”

In February 2017, an impressive number of European industrial sectors adopted for the first time a Joint Declaration in which they called on the European Commission to adopt a long-term Action Plan to tackle the challenges that the industrial sectors are facing.

The Communication on “Investing in a smart, innovative and sustainable Industry – A renewed EU Industrial Policy Strategy”, published by the European Commission in September, is a first important step – which we welcome – as it puts industry back to a high position on the political agenda and provides a comprehensive overview of current and upcoming Commission’s initiatives and measures related to industrial competitiveness.

In the aftermath of this Communication, the Signatories of this Joint Paper – representing a wide range of industrial sectors – have come together to analyse the document and react by identifying key objectives and/or missing measures that should be at the heart of any ambitious EU industrial strategy, taking the Communication as a starting point.

More than ever, we are ready to step up our cooperation with the European institutions to discuss and implement a long-term European industrial strategy that will help safeguard the world leadership of European manufacturers and jobs in Europe.