Orgalim comments on State of the Union address
16 September 2020
In today’s annual State of the (European) Union address, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen shared her vision for getting the Union out of the crisis and back on the path to growth. She highlighted the role of the Green Deal and the EU’s digital strategy in recovering from the coronavirus crisis and building a more resilient, sustainable and prosperous Europe.
Orgalim shares the Commission President’s view that the agreed recovery plan must serve as an opportunity to accelerate the necessary climate and digital transformations.
We strongly support the objective of reaching climate neutrality by 2050. To ensure Europe reaches that goal, we have supported an increase of the 2030 emissions reduction target to 50%. We have also pointed to critical aspects that may impact Europe’s ability to reach those goals, as well as conditions for success. The announced proposal of a 55% reduction further highlights the necessity of a stable legal framework, and the urgency of unlocking major investments, both private and public.
We welcome the digital and climate policy fundamentals of the recovery, coupling the recovery plan with the future EU industrial strategy
Orgalim fully supports the goal to make this Europe’s “digital decade”. Data and AI are already enabling our industries to be global leaders when it comes to advanced manufacturing, catalysing growth across other parts of the economy. We are calling on Europe’s leaders to further support this industrial transformation and to fully recognise the transversal role advanced manufacturing plays for the entire European economy.
Orgalim Director General Malte Lohan commented: “Industry, and Europe’s technology industries in particular, will need to play a decisive role in ensuring a broad-based and sustainable upturn. We welcome the digital and climate policy fundamentals of the recovery as outlined in today’s State of the Union address, coupling the recovery plan with the future EU industrial strategy. To succeed, this will need to build on the economic fabric of companies of all sizes, on a flourishing single market, and on a future-oriented industrial base. Europe’s Technology Industries stand ready to play our part in leading the transition to a healthy planet and a new digital age.”