Equipping European industry for the 21st century

Equipping European industry

We have a vision to put industry back at the heart of Europe. Together we can renew European industry, create jobs, shift to a more sustainable model of production and strengthen European competitiveness. Research, development and education must be the priority, building on Europe's strengths in cutting-edge industries, environmental technologies, energy efficiency, design and innovation. Small and medium-sized businesses need support so they can fully play their part. 

 

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Our priorities for a smart, sustainable industrial sector include:

  • Research and development for a greener future
  • Supporting small businesses
  • Innovation and modernisation
  • Investing in people - prioritising training and partnership
  • Managing change and restructuring

 

European industry must be fit for the future. A revitalised sector will provide millions of high-quality jobs and boost the economy.


Our priorities include:

Research and development for a greener future

    • Ambitious research programmes to promote green employment, sustainable growth and competitiveness
    • Redirecting funding for research and innovation to prioritise solving problems that affect us all, such as health, food security and smarter, cleaner energy and transport solutions
    • Shifting from fossil fuels to low-carbon alternatives – gaining greater energy independence and creating opportunities for European renewable energy suppliers
    • Renewable energy production target of 95% by 2050
    • Major development of recycling and re-use policies

 
Small businesses

    • Better access to finance for SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) – especially developing viable venture capital options
    • Implementing the Small Business Act to support SMEs and avoid unnecessary regulatory burdens
    • Export advice for smaller businesses – especially for non-EU markets

 
Innovation

    • Competitive clusters and innovation networks
    • Modernised infrastructure
    • A bigger role for the European Investment Bank
    • A network of regional structures to strengthen European industry

 
Investing in people - prioritising training and partnership

    • Europe's skilled and inventive workforce is its greatest long-term competitive advantage
    • Investment in people through training and opportunities
    • Building a deeper social dialogue between managements and workers
    • Extension of cross-border collective bargaining

 
Managing change

    • European legislation to ensure industrial change and restructuring is better managed
    • Better planning, with more information and consultation for employees
    • Greater help with retraining workers and rebuilding communities hit by restructuring 
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