CEPS has launched an ambitious and multi-disciplinary Task Force on EU Industrial Policy after the pandemic.
On March 10, 2020, just as lockdown was being announced in most European countries, the European Commission launched a New Industrial Strategy for Europe highlighting its overarching ambitions for the transition towards climate neutrality and digital leadership. These twin transitions – green and digital – cut across most EU policies. They are thought to be essential to Europe’s so-called competitive sustainability, its open strategic autonomy based on its economic and technological sovereignty, and its resilience to external shocks. In this regard, the New Industrial Strategy is framed around 14 different ecosystems; the so-called marguerite (daisy).
Only six months down the road, however, the New Industrial Strategy faces unprecedented challenges, possibly warranting a thorough reconsideration. The Covid-19 pandemic, the ensuing economic crisis and the deteriorating multilateral order call for fresh priorities in terms of strategic autonomy and industrial transformation.
Against this backdrop, the New Industrial Strategy may have to refocus and adjust to enable the EU27 to overcome the current crisis in a way that protects the economy, society and the environment. It will also need to achieve higher levels of preparedness for future shocks and gradually transform the economy for greater competitive sustainability in the decades to come. This ‘protect-prepare-transform’ paradigm, embodied in the Green Deal and highly valued by the European Commission, must now be mainstreamed into all aspects of EU policymaking, starting with the New Industrial Policy.
Since the Covid-19 pandemic, we at CEPS have reflected critically on our role and our responsibility in this delicate transition. As one of the biggest EU think tanks working across at least 20 different policy areas, we are uniquely placed to convene academics, industry experts, policymakers and civil society to discuss the priorities of the EU’s industrial strategy with a multi-disciplinary, cross-sectorial approach. We can also support the EU institutions in relaunching Europe’s economy by proposing concrete ideas and policy recommendations.
The launch event took place on Tuesday 17 November and is available to re-watch on our YouTube channel.
Structure of the Task Force
We will convene a number of parallel working groups, each dedicated to a different topic, and each structured around three online meetings, to be held between January 2021 and March 2021. You can find the dates of these meetings in the media files below. All Working Groups will reconvene in a plenary session in March 2021, to take stock of the results of each stream of debate and develop a consolidated version of our policy recommendations.
- European Green Deal
- Digital economy and data
- Strategic value chains
- Healthcare and pharmaceuticals
- Competition and state aids
- Jobs & Skills
- Agriculture and Food: from Farm to Fork
Call for Participation
The call for participation of the task force is now closed. The task force is composed of around 70 members representing commercial companies, trade and consumer associations, NGOs, individuals from EU Institutions, academics, policymakers and regulators.