European Parliament sharpens focus on industrial competitiveness with new intergroup
23 January 2020
As outlined in Orgalim’s ‘2030: an industry vision for a renewed Europe’, technology innovation driven by EU industry will be key to delivering on what matters most to Europe’s citizens over the coming decade – from addressing climate change, to delivering smart healthcare in a time of demographic shifts, to improving quality of life in tomorrow’s cities.
These priorities are clearly shared by legislators in the European Parliament, who have now established a parliamentary Intergroup ‘Competitive European Industry: long-term and sustainable investment’ to promote dialogue on the future of industry in Europe.
Created as a platform for exchange between MEPs and societal stakeholders, intergroups are cross-party groupings that bring together MEPs interested in particular topics. They are proposed in the early stages of a new legislature, with 27 new Intergroups now put forward for the current parliamentary term. This list includes for the first time an intergroup focused on EU industry from a competitiveness and sustainability perspective: uniting the standing ‘Long-term investment’ intergroup (chaired by MEP Dominique Riquet) and the newly proposed ‘European Industry 2030 – Sustainable, Competitive and Forward-looking’, put forward by MEP Maria da Graça Carvalho. Orgalim and CECE (representing construction equipment manufacturers) were active in shaping this new grouping, which we are convinced will make a valuable contribution to the growing discussions around industry’s role in the future of Europe.
Orgalim continues to be actively engaged with the roll out of the new intergroup, as part of our broader advocacy work with MEPs and stakeholders to keep industrial innovation and technology leadership at the heart of EU policymaking in the coming years.