The Industry4Europe Coalition met in Plenary at the European Economic & Social Committee

This is a summary of the interventions published by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on the joint high-level roundtable organised with Industry4Europe Coalition on EU Industrial Policy last 7 March in Brussels.

Luca Jahier, president of the EESC, who opened the event, thanked Philippe Citroën, DG of the European Rail Supply Industry Association (UNIFE) and coordinator of the Industry4Europe coalition for his commitment and active role.

In his speech, Mr Jahier supported the coalition's call to put industrial policy at the top of the European political agenda. He stressed that Europe needs to stick to and follow the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015, as they represent the only possible "master plan" for EU industry. The president underlined that the EESC has always defended a holistic approach to industry: our imperative has always been to reconcile growth, climate, environmental challenges and social challenges. We are convinced, more than ever, that civil society has to be fully involved in these challenges.

Philippe Citroën said that European industry is confronted with an increasingly challenging global context including unfair competition and protective measures. Europe's industry therefore not only needs a long-term strategy, but it also needs continuous political support from the EU institutions and Member States.

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The Industry4Europe coalition launches new Joint Call to all Heads of State and Government in preparation of the next European Council that will take place on 21-22 March.

Supported by CEMA & other 135 European and 396 national industrial Associations, the Joint Call sets out the coalition's aim to convince the Heads of State and Government to make a pledge to put industry at the top of the political agenda of the EU during the next institutional cycle (2019-2024).

All Signatories of the Joint Call now count on the proactive and coordinated leadership of EU leaders to make sure that Europe remains a hub for a leading, smart, innovative and sustainable industry, that benefits all Europeans and future generations!

The main  EU  version is available here A Joint Call to the Heads of State and Government 

The Joint Call is also available in 22 languages and for each Member State of the EU.