Opinion Factsheet  

Eine neue Industriestrategie für Europa

Opinion Number: CDR 1374/2020
Rapporteur: BALJEU Jeannette
Commission: ECON
Status: Adopted
Date: 14/10/2020

- welcomes the European Commission's Communication on the new Industrial Strategy for Europe and its focus on industrial ecosystems; stresses that these ecosystems are often regional and that these are often linked to other regional ecosystems through supply chains or knowledge exchange networks; underlines that a new Industrial Strategy for Europe should therefore be based on multi-level governance where each level is given clear responsibilities and resources for implementation, and stresses that the support of all stakeholders is necessary to reach the goals of the dual transition to a green and digital industry;

- underlines that the new EU Industrial Strategy therefore needs to reinforce the place-based dimension in order for regions and cities, as the governments closest to citizens and ecosystems, to take ownership of the twin green and digital transitions of their industry;

- underlines the need for a clear monitoring and evaluation system as recommended in the Smart Specialisation Strategies; stresses that this should be carried out at all three levels: EU, Member States and regions should evaluate every two years;

- acknowledges the geopolitical risks of foreign investment and an overdependence on "global" supply and value chains; asks the Commission to enrich the strategy with measures to help cope with the current COVID-19-induced crisis and to prepare for new pandemics in the future to ensure the resilience of Europe's society and economy, for instance by preparing for alternative European supply chains for medical supplies based on low costs and frugal innovations in case of new pandemics or serious epidemics;

- underlines the importance of the involvement of regional governments and regional clusters or networks in alliances, and requests that regional governments, or at least a representative of the Committee of the Regions, be part of the Industrial Forum, especially in analysing the risks and needs of industry when it comes to industrial ecosystems, which, in the opinion of the Committee of the Regions, are made up of "regional" ecosystems for entrepreneurship and innovation.