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27 June 2019

new study has been published by the European Parliament at the request of the ITRE Committee on How to tackle challenges in a future-oriented EU industrial strategy?

This study provides a critical assessment of the European Commission’s 2017 EU industrial strategy and of the policy measures it comprises. According to its authors, “even though the EU industrial strategy is still a meta-policy, it successfully promotes a more integrated and innovative approach. However, it should more clearly identify mission-oriented strategic goals and mobilise the necessary effort and means to reach them”.

The study calls for a “future-oriented EU industrial strategy” which would give more consideration to the three following elements:

- “sharper strategic choices” with “a limited set of specific priorities that are coherent, coordinated and endowed with the necessary means of action”;
- “More effective involvement and coordination of Regions” through Smart Specialisation Strategies and interregional cooperation favouring the development of value-added chains;
- “Experimental approach” encouraging policy experiments and a risk-taking attitude at all levels of governance.

You can download the study HERE

25 June 2019

From 22 to 24 May, EUsalt, the association of European and global salt producers organised its Annual Meeting in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

It was a very successful edition with more than 150 industry executives and experts from member companies as well as external participants attending the conferences. The General Assembly on Wednesday 22 May was followed by two open conferences on key subjects for the salt industry and its stakeholders: "Circularity with a pinch of Salt", a conference on Sustainability & Circular Economy on Thursday 23 May and the Health & Nutrition conference "The Road to Optimum Nutrition #saltmatters" on Friday 24 May.

At the Board meeting, the EUsalt Board elected Dr. Urs Ch. Hofmeier as its new President. Dr. Urs Ch. Hofmeier is Managing Director of Swiss Salt Works, the major salt producer in Switzerland and CEO of SelFin Invest. Dr Hofmeier was previously a member of the EUsalt Auditing Committee.

13 March 2019

The Industry4Europe coalition has issued a new Joint Call addressed to all Heads of State and Government in preparation of the next European Council that will take place on 21-22 March.

Supported by 136 European and 396 national industrial Associations, the Joint Call sets out the coalition's aim to convince the Heads of State and Government to make a pledge to put industry at the top of the political agenda of the EU during the next institutional cycle (2019-2024).

All Signatories of the Joint Call now count on the proactive and coordinated leadership of EU leaders to make sure that Europe remains a hub for a leading, smart, innovative and sustainable industry, that benefits all Europeans and future generations!

The main EU version (with all European and National Signatories) is available below. The Joint Call is also available in 22 languages and for each Member State of the EU. These are also available below.

The main EU version is available here: A Joint Call to the Heads of State and Government

18 October 2018

The Industry4Europe coalition has issued on 17 October 2018 a Joint Call to the candidates for the 2019 European Elections.
The Joint Call sets out the Coalition's aim to make industry the priority for EU policy makers, including future Members of the European Parliament and the future mandate of the European Commission.

Industry matters for Europe and its citizens

26 July 2018

New Joint Paper on “A Governance Structure for an ambitious EU Industrial Strategy” has been co-signed by 122 Members of the Industry4Europe coalition.

In the aftermath of the two previous Industry4Europe Joint Papers “For an ambitious EU Industrial Strategy: Going further” (October 2017) and “Setting indicators for an ambitious EU Industrial Strategy” (March 2018), this new Joint Paper aims at proposing a governance structure which enables the implementation of an ambitious EU Industrial Strategy, based on an informed dialogue between the industry, decision-makers at EU, national, regional and local levels and the Civil Society.

More specifically, a future Industrial Strategy governance structure should be based on the following two pillars:
1. Ensuring an informed and permanent dialogue between the industry and policy decision-makers in association with civil society stakeholders (trade unions, consumers organisations, NGOs, academia) and;
2. A structure of European Institutions which allows for an Industrial Strategy to be addressed and implemented at highest level.

Full version of the Joint Paper here.