The final version of the Joint Paper on “Setting indicators for an ambitious EU Industrial Strategy” was published on Friday 23 March in response to the official request by the future Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU. The Joint Paper will also be circulated to the European Commission and to all Member States. The topics of indicators will be discussed during the next meeting of the Council High-Level Group on Competitiveness and Growth on 26 April.
The aim of this Joint Paper is to propose a short list of indicators that can be used to both assess the health of the European industry and monitor the progress made by the EU on the implementation of its industrial strategy. The indicator list is composed of two sections: the headline indicators and those linked to the pillars of the Joint Reaction Paper previously presented by Industry4Europe. The indicators are simple and intended to be applied in combination to answer specific questions that may be relevant for different scenarios.
On 29 May 2017, Member States reached a consensus on the Council Conclusions on 'A future EU industrial strategy'. Commissioner for Growth, Ms. Bieńkowska, insisted on the unanimous support of Member States to the text proposed by the Maltese Presidency: 'We are now all friends of industry within the Council'.
Ms. Bieńkowska went on: 'We all agreed on some key horizontal actions to be taken. We also agreed that we need some sectoral focus where it’s necessary. (...) we are now much stronger equipped for the future discussions on the coherent unified industrial policy document in the European Commission', despite the fact that 'it was not easy to discuss it internally in the Commission.'
EUsalt welcomes the outcome of the Council meeting and look forward to working with the Commission and all stakeholders on defining, not only a vision for a strong European industry, but also implementing concrete frameworks to achieve that objective.
For more information, please see the press conference video.
Ahead of the EU Industry Day that will take place on 28th February 2017, the European manufacturing industry call on the European Commission to:
- Reaffirm its commitment to reaching the target of 20% of GDP from industry, with an ambitious and realistic timeline;
- Adopt an Action Plant to tackle the challenges that the industrial sectors are facing, in the framework of a Communication that would include concrete steps and milestones; and
- Commit to implement this Action Plan in a timely manner and regularly report on the progress.
Read the declaration here.
Last 16 March 2016 partners to the 2016-2017 'Healthy Workplace for All Ages' campaign gathered with the EU OSHA staff to discuss the new campaign.
Director of EU-OSHA, Dr Christa Sedlatschek, kicked off the meeting by emphasising that 'this new campaign is not about age itself, but about Europe’s ageing workforce. The fact that, by 2030, 30% or more of the workforce is expected to be over 55 exemplifies the extremely timely and highly relevant nature of the campaign'.
'The objectives of the 2016-17 Healthy Workplaces for All Ages campaign are as follows:
- To promote sustainable work and healthy ageing and the importance of risk prevention throughout working life;
- To assist employers and workers of all ages by providing information and tools for managing occupational safety and health (OSH) in the context of an ageing workforce; and
- To facilitate information and good practice exchange in this area.'
Representatives from the European Commission, the European Parliament, EU OSHA, the media, and various stakeholders expressed their views and support to the initiative.
The objective is to promote a multidisciplinary approach that addresses a wide range of issues including work ability, diversity and age-sensitive risk assessment, workplace adaptation, lifelong learning, workplace health promotion, and human resources and OSH management.
The next edition of the European Minerals Day is to take place on 25-27 September 2015 (open days) and in December 2015 (for the European event in Brussels).
This provides an opportunity - under the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Raw Materials - to raise awareness about minerals and metals and their relevance to a sustainable and circular economy.
Towards this aim, and according to a comprehensive and integrated approach to our society, biodiversity and innovation are key elements and integral part of minerals production.
For more information, see the joint positions of the mineral industrial sectors here.