Bileog eolais faoin tuairim 

A stronger European industry for growth and economic recovery

Opinion Number: CDR 2255/2012
Rapporteur: GEWERC Claude
Commission: ECOS-V
Status: Adopted
Date: 11/04/2013

- underlines that industrial policy needs to be one of the pillars of the European venture, treated as a genuine political priority on the same political footing as cohesion, infrastructure and agriculture;

- believes that the European Commission must harness all the potential of the Lisbon Treaty in the area of industrial policy pursuant to Article 173 TFEU;

- supports the European Parliament's proposal to set up a steering group in order to bring together European, national, and regional and local powers and the resources currently scattered across all levels and sectors;

- draws attention to the fact that many local and regional authorities have already placed economic, social and environmental innovation at the centre of their development strategies: they have the networks and the experience to develop the innovation ecosystems which SMEs need to thrive;

- proposes that project bonds be issued to finance SMEs, channelling regional investment funds towards SMEs and intermediate-sized enterprises and bolstering a European venture capital industry based on the regions;

- suggests that the regional blueprints for innovation should develop into regional blueprints for innovation and industrial development.
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