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Implementing the EU Industrial Strategy – how to track Europe’s competitiveness?


Implementing the EU Industrial Strategy – how to track Europe’s competitiveness?


In March 2020, the European Commission presented a “new Industrial Strategy” to help Europe's industry lead the transitions towards climate neutrality and digital leadership.

The Strategy aims to drive Europe's competitiveness and its strategic autonomy, at a time of agitated geopolitics and intensifying global competition.

In her State of the Union in September, President von der Leyen announced that the Strategy would be updated. It is now expected by Q2, as indicated by the 2021 Commission Work Programme. The update could represent a unique opportunity to follow through on the Commission’s own commitment to develop a set of key performance indicators (KPIs) for “regular monitoring of the Strategy's implementation”.

The priorities are well-known: improving European industry's global competitiveness; ensuring a level playing field, at home and globally; making Europe climate-neutral by 2050; and shaping Europe's digital future.

Join this EURACTIV Virtual Conference to discuss how the EU can put the Industrial Strategy into action. Questions to be addressed include:

-In the context of the economic recovery, what are the priorities for the update of the industrial strategy?
-How can the Commission define KPIs to track progress in the implementation of the strategy? Which KPIs help measure the EU’s competitiveness in an international context?
-Which 2030 targets should be set for the Digital Compass, aside from the targets under the Green Deal?
-Which indicators can help measure the degree of “open strategic autonomy” as well as the success of the EU Industrial Alliances (in batteries, hydrogen, raw materials, etc.)?
-How to increase political ownership of the strategy, taking into account the different perspectives of EU Member States?

Supported by:






Kerstin Jorna, Director-General, DG GROW, European Commission


Rui Durão, Head of Unit, Directorate for European Affairs, Portuguese Directorate-General for Economic Activities (DGAE)
Nicolás González Casares, MEP, Member of ITRE, European Parliament
Judith Kirton-Darling, Deputy General Secretary, Industriall
Amélie Roux, Chief Economist, Saint-Gobain


Jennifer Baker, Journalist, EURACTIV


14:30 - 14:35 Introduction and house rules
14:35 - 14:45 Keynote address
14:45 - 14:50 Video message by Dr Martin Brudermüller, Chair of the ERT Committee
14:50 - 15:05 Opening statements
15:05 - 15:40 Moderated discussion and Q&A
15:40 - 15:45 Closing statements


Matea Krivanek

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