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Industrial Policy Package

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Opinion Number: CDR 1344/2014
Rapporteur: MARKKULA Markku
Commission: ECOS-V
Status: Adopted
Date: 03/12/2014
 
THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS

 agrees with the Commission that a strong industrial base is of prime importance to Europe's competitiveness and steady growth. Stressing that industry means much more than the traditional manufacturing sector which it is typically used to refer to, and stressing that industrial processes and ecosystems have an enormous impact throughout society, the CoR urges rapid implementation of the measures proposed in this statement;

 points out that Europe's competitive advantage in the global economy derives mainly from its sustainable, high-added-value products and services, and therefore that reducing during a period of economic crisis the innovation investment that is essential to industrial renewal has come to pose a serious threat to Europe's future;

 proposes that the Commission increase its activities in regional and local benchmarking, exchange of experiences and peer learning – all of which are crucial to building industrial innovation capacity and are therefore of great relevance to Europe 2020. To take on a coordinating role and offer partners a platform for finding solutions, LRAs' administrative capacity in these areas needs to be strengthened;

 calls for the Commission to take re-industrialisation measures that focus on excellence and promoting excellence across Europe's industrialised regions, supported by the Horizon 2020 programme. INTERREG programmes are certainly necessary instruments for strengthening networking between universities of applied sciences located in industrialised regions;

 challenges the young digital generation and their start-ups to contribute to the design and implementation of regional smart specialisation strategies by helping to identify gaps and to fix the processes in the necessary value chains in the regions. The new innovative solutions should focus on both public and private industrial processes and behaviour of citizens as customers.

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CoR Commission activity

Publication of the opinion brochure

 
30 Jan
 

CoR Plenary Session

Adoption of the opinion during the CoR Plenary Session

 
02 Dec
 

CoR Commission activity

Adoption of the draft opinion by ECOS Commission

 
14 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

The Rapporteur participated in the High level conference on "Mobilising Europe's Universities for Smart Specialisation" organised by the European Commission, where he addressed the regional aspects of Smart Specialisation for universities.

 
19 Jun
 

Rapporteur's activities

The Rapporteur participated in the Conference for Pioneering Innovation for Regions, where he highlighted the regional aspects of industrial innovation

 
17 Jun
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with the European Commission

 
15 Jun
 

CoR Commission activity

A first exchange of views took place during the ECOS commission meeting

 
15 May
 

CoR Commission activity

Study on Territorial Dimension of Industrial Policy presented to the rapporteur

 
12 May
 

CoR Commission activity

The rapporteur met with representatives of local and regional associations and other stakeholders for a consultation and an exchange of views

 
28 Apr
 

Council

Discussion in the European Council

 
19 Mar
 

CoR Commission activity

The ECOS commission appointed Mr Markku Markkula (FI/EPP) as rapporteur for the opinion " Industrial Policy Package"

 
17 Feb
 

European Commission

The European Commission adopted the COM proposal (COM(2014) 14 final)

 
21 Jan
 

European Commission

The European Commission adopted the COM proposal (COM(2014) 25 final)

 
21 Jan