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.
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