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Industrial policy

A strong industry is fundamental to a robust economy, which is the basis for creating a cohesive society that enables us to deal with current and future challenges and grasp opportunities that arise.

We are living through times of great change, at unparalleled speed, and of disruptive nature in some of its dimensions. Technological progress and innovation are producing a deep transformation in industry and the way it operates, in a cross-sectoral phenomena. This requires industry to adapt quickly and anticipate future trends.


Investment Digitalisation Energy Trade Research and innovation Better regulation Single market Competition

The progress that industry is forging ahead also brings profound changes to our society. Smilingly simple innovations improve our lives daily, such as real-time information on traffic or public transports, while others will result in vital steps forward such as the use of biometric data for better prevention and more accurate identification of illnesses.

A European industrial strategy must reflect the ongoing transformations, be mindful of the several challenges at hand for society and industry, and of Europe's persistent competitiveness shortfall during the last years. These issues are of fundamental importance in the debate on the future of Europe, and should be an integral part of it, if we want to ensure that the EU can better deliver growth and jobs to its citizens and companies.



Press releases Date
EU industrial strategy: a good step forward, tailor-made actions must follow 05/05/2021
Technological sovereignty: EU must resist inward-looking approach 25/06/2020
EU industrial and SME strategies: getting real economy back on track 10/03/2020
EU trade unions and employers want ambitious EU industrial strategy 09/10/2019
Sailing the wind of economic improvements to further strengthen Europe 13/09/2017
Why we need a renewed EU industrial strategy - now 30/06/2017
EU industrial strategy: After Member States, EU Commission must act 29/05/2017
Position papers Date
BusinessEurope priorities for the update of the European industrial strategy 15/02/2021
Smart technological sovereignty: how it could support EU competitiveness 25/06/2020
An ambitious EU industrial strategy 26/09/2019
Possible indicators to monitor the implementation of an industrial policy strategy - BusinessEurope comments 29/03/2018
Strengthening competitiveness in all EU policies - BusinessEurope contribution to the June 2015 European Commission initiative on industrial competitiveness 19/05/2015
Public letters Date
The EU renewed industrial strategy - Joint letter from BusinessEurope and the European Round Table to Thierry Breton 04/03/2020
Letter from the Alliance for a competitive European industry (ACEI) to First-Vice President Timmermans, Vice President Katainen and Commissioner Bie├▒kowska 30/09/2016
Speeches Date
European Industry Day 2018 - Address by Emma Marcegaglia, President of BusinessEurope 22/02/2018
Reports and studies Date
Building a strong and modern European industry - Views on a renewed industrial strategy 30/06/2017
Industry matters - Recommendations for an industrial compact 28/01/2014


Alexandre Affre

Deputy Director General
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Last updated: 25 June 2018