European Forum for Manufacturing: enabling European industry’s global leadership


Industrial policy has climbed back to the top of the political agenda in recent months. And it’s not surprising, with European firms under increasing competitive pressure from other world regions such as the US and China. What action can policymakers take to ensure Europe’s industries retain their leading edge? What framework is needed to enable innovation and the development of new solutions to the biggest challenges facing European society today?

Representing Europe’s technology industries – the EU’s largest industrial branch spanning mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, electronics and ICT, and metal technology – Orgalim is inviting guests from policy and industry to discuss these vital questions at an event at the European Parliament on 25 September between 18:30-22:00, organised in collaboration with the European Forum for Manufacturing (EFM). This event will address a central focus of Orgalim’s ‘2030: an industry vision for a renewed Europe’: how to strengthen competitiveness by enabling European industry’s long-term global leadership. It will also serve as an opportunity to discuss the recommendations of the Industry 2030 high level industrial roundtable final report.

The event will be hosted by MEP Ville Niinistö.

High-level representatives of Europe’s tech industries will join MEPs and institutional stakeholders to address challenges across two core pillars of the EU’s industrial competitiveness: 

1) A roundtable focusing on the Internal Market, which by essence should be the level-playing field for safe products and services: how can policymakers fully unlock the potential of Europe’s single market, bringing the free circulation of goods, services and people into the digital age while tackling challenges around skills? And how can we ensure that it is governed by agile and business-friendly legislation that is resilient to technological and economic change and effectively enforced by market surveillance authorities?

2) A dinner debate focusing on the external dimension of the EU on the global stage: how can we maximise the opportunities offered by international accords such as the Paris Agreement to address climate change and boost the competitiveness of our future-facing tech industries and make the European Green Deal announced by Commission President-elect von der Leyen an opportunity for EU global tech leadership to the benefit of all? How can Europe continue to compete as other major markets are redrawing the rules, while continuing to champion free and rules-based trade? 


18.30 - 18.35 Welcome and introduction

18.35 - 19.50 Roundtable “Unlocking the potential of Europe’s home market” 

19.50 - 20.30 Networking cocktail 

20.30 - 21.50 Dinner Debate “The EU on the global stage”


Confirmed speakers:

- Seb Dance, MEP, Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

- Dinesh Dhamija, MEP, Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection

- Pierre Delsaux, Deputy Director-General, DG GROW

- Karl Haeusgen, Board of Management, Speaker of the Board (CEO), HAWE Hydraulik SE

- Heidi Hautala, MEP and Vice-President, European Parliament

- Lars-Henrik Jörnving, Vice President and Head of Global Industrial Development, Scania CV ABProf

- Malte Lohan, Director General, Orgalim - Europe’s Technology Industries

Raffaele Mauro Petriccione, Director-General, DG CLIMA

- Ville Niinistö, MEP, Committee on Industry, Research and Energy

- Rada Rodriguez, Member of the management Board, Schneider Electric GmbH, and Deputy President, Orgalim - Europe’s Technology Industries

Dr. Norbert Schultes, Head of the Economic Department, Permanent Representation of Germany in Brussels

- Andreas Schwab, MEP, Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection



Registrations for the event are closed now. If you have not received an email from us or you would have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at