Last week, following weeks of tense negotiations, the European Commission proposed a comprehensive €750 billion recovery instrument for a coordinated response to the coronavirus crisis. The recovery instrument - called Next Generation EU - is designed to help kick-start Europe’s economy. Notwithstanding the massive social and economic cost of the crisis, it provides an opportunity to build a more sustainable, resilient and competitive Europe for future generations. The package was strongly welcomed by our industries, which were hit hard by coronavirus at a most vulnerable time.
Our members embrace the policy fundamentals outlined in the plan. The Single Market, the Green Deal and the digital transformation have to be at the core of a sustainable recovery. Our latest position papers below are a case in point. Yet some of the most difficult debates for our industries still lie ahead: balancing industrial resilience in Europe with a recognition of our global technology interdependencies; ensuring a transparent governance to support the proposed industrial ecosystems; reflecting the critical role of advanced manufacturing among these ecosystems… In these and other areas, the devil is in the detail. Achieving the objectives set out in the recovery plan requires an open dialogue and close collaboration between policymakers and industry, and we stand ready to play our part.
May 2020 also saw Orgalim’s first ever virtual General Assembly. Our members met to discuss a full agenda, including Orgalim’s own resilience in responding to the crisis; the appointments to our board of directors of Wolfgang Weber, CEO of ZVEI (DE) and Stefan Brupbacher, Director General of SWISSMEM (CH); and the approval of Aqua Europa and CEO (the European Tool Association) as new associate members. I am delighted about these decisions that further strengthen our organisation, and look forward to continuing to work closely with all our members during this critical phase in shaping a future that’s good for the next generation.