After months of planning, now is when the rubber hits the road for the new European Commission. Under the banner of ‘A Union that strives for more’, the Commission’s 2020 Work Programme presented on 29 January is packed with concrete actions towards achieving priorities from digital transformation to the Green Deal and beyond – setting the scene for a very busy twelve months to come. And it’s full steam ahead at Orgalim too, as we step up our engagement with policymakers at this critical juncture. Our objective is clear: to keep industrial innovation at the heart of the EU’s future, as set out in our ‘2030: an industry vision for a renewed Europe’.
We have had plenty of opportunity over the past few weeks to exchange views with our partners in policy on how to put this vision into action. Together with our President Rada Rodriguez, I had meetings with Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson, the Director-General of DG Climate Action Mauro Petriccione and the Director-General of DG Energy Ditte Juul Jørgensen, to promote Orgalim’s Green Deal priorities at the highest levels and discuss the role our industries will play on this critical agenda. I will be representing our sectors at the EU Council’s High Level Group on Competitiveness and Growth next week, with the first meeting set to focus on industrial policy and the Green Deal. And we are continuing our discussions with MEPs on the new European Parliament Intergroup on investment and industrial competitiveness, sharpening the Parliament’s focus on the policies needed for Europe’s industry to thrive.
Meanwhile we are making sure our industries’ voice is heard in all key policy debates. With Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton about to present a European Data Strategy and White Paper on Artificial Intelligence, we have published our industrial data recommendations and an AI manifesto to help unlock this potential for the EU’s future. Plus, we will be bringing the priorities of industrial AI to the debate at the Politico AI Summit in March. Zooming in on the Internal Market, we have been a driving force behind a cross-industry call for a ‘New Deal’ in the European standardisation system. And our work on the circular economy continues apace, chairing the meeting of the Circular Plastics Alliance working group on electronic and electrical equipment last week and continuing our partnership with the European Policy Centre on the project ‘Digital Roadmap for a Circular Economy’. Now that the Commission has set out its blueprint for the future EU agenda, the next step is to get the details right – and our industries stand ready to play our part in shaping a framework that delivers on what matters most to Europe’s citizens.
Looking forward to continuing the conversation on these important topics in the weeks and months ahead!