CEPS Task Force

The New Industrial Strategy for Europe

Towards a resilient and sustainable post-pandemic recovery


CEPS has launched an ambitious and multi-disciplinary Task Force on EU Industrial Policy after the pandemic.

The overall aim of this Task Force is to discuss and reconsider the industrial strategy in light of the European Commission’s Communication of March 2020 and the crucial events that EU industries and citizens have had to contend with in recent months.

The New Industrial Strategy for Europe highlights the EU’s overarching ambitions for the transition towards climate neutrality and digital leadership, which are thought to be essential to Europe’s competitive sustainability, its strategic autonomy based on its economic and technological sovereignty, and its resilience to external shocks.

Since its launch in March 2020, however, the New Industrial Strategy has faced unprecedented challenges, possibly warranting a thorough reconsideration. The Covid-19 pandemic, the ensuing economic and social shocks and the deteriorating multilateral order all call for fresh priorities in terms of strategic autonomy and industrial transformation.

In this perspective, the Task Force convenes policymakers, industry representatives, academics, civil society representatives and other relevant stakeholders to debate the priorities of the EU’s New Industrial Strategy in a multidisciplinary, cross-sectoral approach, and to 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 2020 and is available to re-watch on our YouTube channel.

Structure of the Task Force

We have convened a number of parallel working groups, each dedicated to a different topic, and each structured around three online meetings, 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 April 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
  • Trade
  • 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.

If you would like to contact us directly for more information, please email iptaskforce@ceps.eu. For information on CEPS membership please email isobel.watson@ceps.eu.

Andrea Renda

Senior Research Fellow and Head of Global Governance, Regulation, Innovation & Digital Economy

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Cinzia Alcidi

Director of Research

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Steven Blockmans

Director of Research

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Willem Pieter De Groen

Senior Research Fellow and Head of Financial Markets and Institutions Unit

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Christian Egenhofer

Associate Senior Research Fellow

Daniel Gros

Distinguished Fellow

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Karel Lannoo

Chief Executive Officer

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Giulia Meloni

Research Fellow

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Jorge Núñez Ferrer

Senior Research Fellow

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Jacques Pelkmans

Associate Senior Research Fellow

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Vasileios Rizos

Research Fellow and Head of Sustainable Resources and Circular Economy

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Malorie Schaus


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Task Force Meeting is over

Launch of the Task Force on the New Industrial Strategy for Europe

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