2020 is no longer far in the horizon, the European industry is looking at 2030 and beyond

Better regulation, predictability, jobs and digitalisation. “Setting the scene for an industrial vision for 2030 and beyond” was the title of the event organised on 9th April by the coalition of 147 organisations dedicated to campaigning for an ambitious EU industrial strategy, Industry4Europe in which APPLiA takes part. 

The EU elections are only a couple of weeks from now, but regardless of what the result will be, the European industry is already looking far ahead. “Setting the scene for an industrial vision for 2030 and beyond” was the title of the event organised on 9th April by the coalition of 147 organisations dedicated to campaigning for an ambitious EU industrial strategy, Industry4Europe in which APPLiA takes part. The event was hosted by the Romanian EU Council Presidency whose head of Competition and Industry Unit, Cosmina Miu said the Council Conclusions should give a strong message to the European Commission on a long-term EU industrial policy. "There is a broad consensus among MEPs regarding the importance of defending Europe's industrial base and investing in new technologies to maintain global leadership", said the EU official Lauro Panella working at EP Predisdent Tajani’s office. “Before having a common industrial strategy, we have to start by legal certainty because nobody will invest if we change the rules every two years”, he added. 

Following up on the predictability of the legislative framework, APPLiA’s Smart Living and Competitiveness Policy Director, Michał Zakrzewski noted that the experience of the home appliance industry shows that the EU often has to ensure that the rules that have entered into force are well-implemented all over Europe before new ones are being drafted. He took part in the panel on Industry and Internal Market where he emphasised that for the industrial strategy to be a success, market surveillance authorities must function well in all EU member states, without leaving weak entry points. He said: “If there is one key measure to bring the Single Market forward, I would say that this is the preservation of the New Approach system [a regulatory technique used for removing technical barriers to trade in Europe - essential requirements in the law and the way how to meet those requirements prescribed in the European Standards].”

Inevitably, digitalisation and jobs were at the core of the discussion about industry’s near future. The General Secretary of IndustriAll, Luc Triangle highlighted that digitalisation will be one of the decisive factors that will determine the future of Europe's industry. “Therefore, we have to stay in the forefront, but we must also put people first”, Triangle noted.  Speaking about jobs, the Director for Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing, Slawomir Tokarski stressed the importance of cooperation between industry, Member States and the Commission to help people upskill and reskill.

The Industry4Europe Coalition will keep on organising debates where all types of key sectors making products, such as home appliances, food, medicines, cosmetics, clothing and means of transport amongst others will continue to be vocal on how to make the European industry competitive globally.