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Policy Dialogue
An Industy Action Plan for a more competitive sustainable and strategic European Union

Monday, 18 November 2019


Mark Nicklas, Head of Unit Innovation Policy and Investment for Growth, DG Grow, European Commission

Maria Da Graça Carvalho, Member of the European Parliament
Janne Känkänen, Director for EU and International Affairs, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, Finland
Johan Bjerkem, Policy Analyst, European Policy Centre
Fabian Zuleeg, Chief Executive, European Policy Centre (Chair)

There is growing momentum for a revived EU industrial strategy. EU leaders have called on the European Commission to present a “long-term vision” for the EU’s industrial future, while Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen has pledged to put forward a new industrial strategy as part of a European Green Deal.
The EPC believes that the current momentum should lead to something new. The EPC Industry Action Plan calls for a strong and comprehensive EU industrial strategy  and is the culmination of a two-year EPC Task Force assessing how European industry can transform itself to become future-proof and competitive in the global economy. Given the unprecedented and multidimensional challenges faced by industry – from climate change and digitalisation to protectionism and a slowdown in global trade – the paper argues in favour of a more holistic approach, including concrete policy recommendations in areas such as the Single Market, trade, climate, research, innovation competition and digital.
At this Policy Dialogue, the EPC will present the main findings and recommendations from its publication, followed by a panel debate involving key actors concerned with EU industrial strategy.

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