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Posted:
30 May 2017
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On 29 May 2017, Member States reached a consensus on the Council Conclusions on 'A future EU industrial strategy'. Commissioner for Growth, Ms. Bieńkowska, insisted on the unanimous support of Member States to the text proposed by the Maltese Presidency: 'We are now all friends of industry within the Council'.

Ms. Bieńkowska went on: 'We all agreed on some key horizontal actions to be taken. We also agreed that we need some sectoral focus where it’s necessary. (...) we are now much stronger equipped for the future discussions on the coherent unified industrial policy document in the European Commission', despite the fact that 'it was not easy to discuss it internally in the Commission.'

EUsalt welcomes the outcome of the Council meeting and look forward to working with the Commission and all stakeholders on defining, not only a vision for a strong European industry, but also implementing concrete frameworks to achieve that objective.

For more information, please see the press conference video.

 

 

Posted:
27 February 2017
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Ahead of the EU Industry Day that will take place on 28th February 2017, the European manufacturing industry call on the European Commission to:

  • Reaffirm its commitment to reaching the target of 20% of GDP from industry, with an ambitious and realistic timeline;
  • Adopt an Action Plant to tackle the challenges that the industrial sectors are facing, in the framework of a Communication that would include concrete steps and milestones; and
  • Commit to implement this Action Plan in a timely manner and regularly report on the progress.

Read the declaration here.

Posted:
27 February 2017

Ahead of the EU Industry Day that will take place on 28th February 2017, the European manufacturing industry call on the European Commission to:

  • Reaffirm its commitment to reaching the target of 20% of GDP from industry, with an ambitious and realistic timeline;
  • Adopt an Action Plant to tackle the challenges that the industrial sectors are facing, in the framework of a Communication that would include concrete steps and milestones; and
  • Commit to implement this Action Plan in a timely manner and regularly report on the progress.

Read the declaration here.

 

Posted:
09 February 2017

The very first workshop launching the European Network for Sustainable Quarrying and Mining took place on 9 February, in Spain.

More than 100 representatives from the European Commission, the Spanish government, civil society, and the Spanish and European extractive industries contributed to make the event a success.

The objective was to establish an open dialogue between the above-mentioned stakeholders to identify the challenges and solutions for raw materials extraction in protected natural areas. The workshop particularly tackled the issues related to biodiversity protection and the interpretation of article 6 of the Habitats Directive. The latter deals with the proactive conservation of designated natural areas (the Natura 2000 network) and the principle of non-deterioration. In many EU countries, that interpretation is too narrow, rendering those areas hermetic to any industrial activity.

Posted:
13 June 2016

EuSalt participated to the consultation on Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area - PRIMA - organised by the European Commission. 

3 problem statements have been identified as the most relevant ones for Research&Innovation challenges in the field of sustainable food production and water resources management in the Mediterranean area:

  1. lack of coordination and cooperation between countries and research organisations and duplication of research efforts (64,1%)
  2. lack of cooperation between academic and non-academic actors (62,8%)
  3. insufficient investments in R&I (61,2%)

A general consensus ranked PRIMA core objectives:

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