CONEBI and the Industry4Europe alliance: adoption of Council conclusions on an EU Industrial Policy Strategy: a Vision for 2030

Brussels, 29 May 2019 - The Council has adopted today its Conclusions on an “EU industrial policy strategy: A vision for 2030”. This is a very important political result of the advocacy work done by the Industry4Europe alliance – composed of more than 100 EU industry associations among which CONEBI. CONEBI is a founding member and one of the current contributors to the proposed Industry4Europe policy guidelines.

Interestingly, the Council reiterates the need for a comprehensive and long-term EU industrial policy strategy with a clear vision for 2030 that should highlight the opportunities and address the challenges for the European industry, touching upon all relevant policy areas, accompanied by a specific action plan including concrete measures and a timetable for implementation and monitoring mechanisms.

Moreover, the Council states that this “strategy should become a top priority for the strategic agenda of the next Commission and be put in place at the beginning of the new EU institutional cycle” while “strongly encouraging the Commission to elaborate this strategy, which should include policy targets and indicators, in close consultation with Member States and all stakeholders”. The role of the new European Parliament is pivotal in this regard.

The Council emphasises the need for a stronger interlinkage between industrial policy, Single Market policy, research and innovation policy, digitalisation and environmental policy. It also considers the European Battery Alliance as a promising initiative for fostering a competitive manufacturing value chain for batteries and welcomes actions in the fields of Connected, Automated and Electric vehicles, Smart Health and high-performance computing.

The work of CONEBI and Industry4Europe for a proposal to the European Commission and the Council is focusing on thematic areas like the EU Internal Market, Research & Innovation, Business-friendly environment and Sustainability. More info will be published in the months to come.