The Annual Single Market Report 2021 presented an analysis of the challenges in 14 industrial ecosystems and the transformative initiatives to achieve the twin green and digital transition and increase resilience. On this basis, the Commission proposes co-creating transition pathways with the groups concerned, as an essential collaborative tool for the transformation of the industrial ecosystems.
See the Annual Single Market Report 2021.
We started the transition pathway co-creation process for the ‘proximity and social economy’, one of the 14 industrial ecosystems, on 9 December 2021 with the publication of the European Action Plan on Social Economy.
Commission services prepared a staff working document, attached to the action plan, to outline possible scenarios for a transition pathway towards a more resilient, green and digital ecosystem.
Between December 2021 and March 2022, the Commission sought stakeholders’ input to the questions raised in this staff working document and called for the first pledges for action.
The online EU survey elicited responses and initial pledges from 79 stakeholders.
The responses were essential to identify the transition pathway’s key areas and topics of focus.
The blueprint for transition pathways, proposed by the EU Industrial Forum, is the guiding tool for the co-creation process of this transition pathway and is used to understand the challenges and opportunities of the twin transition in the different industrial ecosystems.
On this basis, we organised a series of 12 consultation meetings and workshops with stakeholders between April and June 2022.
Over 400 ecosystem stakeholders participated in these workshops, including EU country experts, regions and cities delegates (European Social Economy Regions network, Intelligent Cities Challenge), and other networks such as the New European Bauhaus community and the Enterprise Europe Network. EU institutions were informed and consulted during the co-creation process. The EU Industrial Forum was also consulted and received regular updates.
Stakeholder input collected during the co-creation process helped us to identify 14 action areas and 30 concrete actions for the transition pathway.
The transition pathway was launched on 14 November 2022 during a launch event in Brussels.
See a video on the proximity and social economy transition pathway event
See the transition pathway for proximity and social economy document now available in 22 EU languages.
New: We published the first stakeholder pledges on 3 May 2023.
As part of the co-implementation process, we encourage, collect, promote and support public and private stakeholder commitments for concrete actions to move towards the green and digital transition of the ecosystem.
The European Commission addressed stakeholders through a call for pledges on ‘proximity and social economy’ published on 14 November.
The initial deadline to submit pledges was set for 28 February 2023. The next deadlines are 1 July 2023 and 1 December 2023.
The call for pledges will remain open during the entire implementation of the transition pathway. See a presentation on why and how to make a pledge as well as an overview of all 14 action areas and 30 actions from the info session on 26 January 2023.