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CEPS Task Force

The New Industrial Strategy for Europe

Towards a resilient and sustainable recovery after the pandemic


CEPS is launching a new and ambitious 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.

Launch event: Tuesday 17 November, 10.00-13.00 (CEST)

Keynote speech:

  • Thierry Breton, EU Commissioner for the Internal Market
  • Joaquin Almunia, CEPS, Chairman of the Board

High-level panel discussions:

  • Panel 1: Geopolitics of EU’s Industrial Policy
  • Panel 2: Role of EU’s Industrial Policy in the COVID-19 era

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 December 2020 and February 2021. 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
  • Pharmaceuticals and healthcare
  • Competition and state aids
  • Trade
  • Skills & Jobs
  • Agriculture and Food: from Farm to Fork

Call for Participation

Participation in the Task Force is subject to a fee to cover the research and organisational expenses. CEPS Corporate Members are entitled to receive a discounted fee, while non-members (with a commercial interest) will pay the full fee. Discounted fees will be considered for non-members if they decide to become a CEPS member. CEPS will also invite some officials and academics to join the Task Force as a member or observer.

Please register your interest for this Task Force here. If you would like to contact us directly for more information, please email For information on CEPS membership please email

Andrea Renda

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

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Cinzia Alcidi

Director of Research (ad interim), Senior Research Fellow and Head of Economic Policy Unit

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Steven Blockmans

Director of Research (ad interim)

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Willem Pieter De Groen

Research Fellow and Head of Financial Markets and Institutions Unit

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Christian Egenhofer

Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Energy and Climate programme

Daniel Gros


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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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