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Press release2 December 2021Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs1 min read

Industrial Forum advances work on the implementation of the EU's Updated Industrial Strategy

Today, the EU Industrial Forum is holding its third virtual meeting, in the presence of Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager and Commissioner Thierry Breton. The Forum gathers experts from various fields to help the Commission implement the EU's New Industrial Strategy and its update.

Today's meeting focuses on the work to address Europe's strategic dependencies and develop transition pathways to facilitate the green and digital transitions across industrial ecosystems. The Forum is also expected to make recommendations on Key Performance Indicators in key areas for the implementation and monitoring of the EU industrial strategy and prepare its contribution to the 2022 Industry Days in February.

Executive Vice-President for A Europe Fit for the Digital Age, Margrethe Vestager, said: “We have already set Europe on a strong path of green and digital transformation. This forum offers a crucial space where key industrial and societal stakeholders can exchange expertise, experience and talent to help shape our way forward towards this common aim.” 

Commissioner for Internal Market, Thierry Breton, said: “The Industrial Forum can help the Commission pool talents from companies, big and small, from research institutions, from civil society. And all these talents should be used to support industrial ambition: a Europe that has leadership on technologies central to the green and digital transition of our economy and society. A Europe where we move from innovation excellence to facilitating mass deployment, creating export potential and quality jobs.” 

The Industrial Forum is an inclusive and open mechanism for co-designing solutions with stakeholders, announced in the EU Industrial Strategy. It gathers a wide array of stakeholders, including industry, NGOs, research institutions and social partners from different industrial ecosystems identified in the EU's updated industrial strategy with the aim of facilitating dialogue and coordinating advice to the Commission.