Sending you our September newsletter just two days into the month is just one sign that there is no gradual easing back into the rentrée this year. Amid the anguish in Afghanistan and continuing concerns about Covid, the mood in Brussels is sober and focused. Not least also because of the intense policy programme that lies ahead of us these next few months.
As you can see below, Orgalim is pushing ahead full throttle on all the fronts that pertain to the technology industries we represent – and that is very many fronts indeed. Advanced manufacturing, for one, is at the heart of Europe's recovery and renewal, as Orgalim President Rada Rodriguez and I discussed in meetings with the Slovenian Presidency this week, together with our Slovenian member GZS. Our industries have so much to contribute. Take one key area of focus, that is accelerating the energy transition. As we highlighted in our statement on the Fit for 55 package, the right policy measures can do much to drive energy efficiency and support the uptake of renewables, by speeding up the digitalisation of the energy system and strengthening energy efficiency requirements. That's why we are pleased to partner again with EU Sustainable Energy Week this year: to be able to help move this critical policy area forward. Be sure to join us there and register for what promises to be an insightful expert debate on 'The road ahead for energy system integration in Europe' on 14 October. For a taster, check out these two articles.
As we dive into the new term, the notion of ‘back to work’ is taking on a new meaning: one that is neither wholly remote, nor fully office-based. This is the case also for us at Orgalim and, while that hybrid form takes shape, I look forward to reconnecting with many of you, whether in person or virtual form.