Sustainable Prosperity for Europe

Industrial Policy Task Force

The European Union is in desperate need of a strengthened industrial policy. Globalisation of trade and production processes has offered many opportunities for European firms, but has also put tremendous pressure on Europe’s industry. This pressure has been further aggravated by the economic crisis, which has led to a 10% decrease in aggregate production. However, EU regions and even member states are not affected to the same extent by this trend, and some territories or sectors seem to be more resilient than others to global competition. All of this emphasises the urgent need for resolute actions at European level to enable the establishment of a robust and coherent partnership between the EU, its member states and industry.

To this end, further research and stronger cooperation are needed to better identify the key priority areas which EU action should concentrate on, and to elaborate new instruments to make the European industry more competitive in the global markets. The EPC’s forward-looking Task Force aims to contribute to this process by providing research on how industrial policy should not just be defensive and protectionist, but also innovative. Given the cross-sectoral nature of the topic and the relevance of EU action in many policy areas, the Task Force is structured around several policy pillars (access to finance; state aid policies; innovation policy; climate change and competitiveness; investment in skills and human capital; and the external dimension of industrial policy) and will propose specific measures and recommendations for developing a genuine European Industrial Policy. Through a series of thematic meetings, EPC members are invited to reflect upon how the EU could embark on a re-industrialisation strategy.

The Task Force is coordinated by Claire Dhéret, Senior Policy Analyst, and chaired by Gabriel Crean, Vice President for Technology at CEA-TECH and EPC Academic Fellow.

Details of previous Task Force meetings can be found here.

In line with the EPC's multi-constituency approach, members of the Task Force comprise high-level stakeholders with various backgrounds and expertise. Organisations involved in the Task Force include:
ABB Europe
Assemblée des Chambres Françaises de Commerce et d’Industrie
Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce
BASF Aktiengesellschaft
Boeing Company
Bundesagentur für Arbeit
CECIMO (European Committee for Cooperation of the Machine Tool Industries)
Central Europe Energy Partners
Confederation of Finnish Industries EK
Confederation of Swedish Enterprise
Confrontations Europe
Danish Chamber of Commerce
Deutsche Telekom
Dow Europe
Erste Group Bank AG
EU Ukraine Business Council
European Automobile Manufacturers Association
European Climate Foundation
European Commission
European Economic and Social Committee
European Round Table of Industrialists
European Seed Association
European Trade Union Confederation
Ferrero Group
Finnish Energy Industries
Government of Catalonia – Representation to the EU
GPlus Europe
IMA Europe
International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations
International Institute of Communications
Mondelēz International
Optir Executive Coaching
Permanent Representation of Austria to the EU
Permanent Representation of Denmark to the EU
Permanent Representation of Ireland to the EU
Permanent Representation of Lithuania to the EU
Scotland Europa
Suez Environnement
Verband der Chemischen Industrie e.V.
World Bank

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