Heads of state recently reiterated the importance of sustaining effort in refocusing and reinvigorating the European Union’s industrial policy in order to better contend with international stakeholders. In its conclusion from the 21-22 March Summit, the Council called on the European Commission to draft strategies to strengthen and deepen the single market, industrial policy and digital policy.
In light of this, Friends of Europe is offering its members a series of exclusive, off the record, roundtable debates with key policymakers, hence providing an opportunity to directly share their insights and expertise. The product of these roundtable exchanges will be a series of recommendations which will be shared with the new EU mandate in the aim to better shape the EU’s future industrial strategy in accordance with the needs of the different stakeholders.
Our ‘What the Chiefs Say’ discussions are an opportunity to engage in an exclusive, closed door discussion with a selected group of senior representatives from industry, civil society and diplomacy. These 60-minute discussions include a one-on-one exchange with the moderator, followed by an off-the-record question and answer session with our members.
Heads of State recently reiterated the importance of sustaining effort in refocusing and reinvigorating the European Union’s industrial policy in order to better contend with international stakeholders. In its conclusion from the 21-22 March Summit, the Council underlined the need to build a strong economic base for Europe's prosperity and competitiveness. It called on the European Commission to draft strategies to strengthen and deepen the single market, industrial policy and digital policy.
Registration of participants and welcome lunch
With many sectors moving away from price-volatile and environmentally-degrading fossil fuels, the demand for sustainable energy is set to massively increase in the coming decade. This transition calls for a restructuring of Europe’s supply network and a swift modernisation of member states’ energy infrastructures and its interconnectivity as set out by the Energy Union. With current market trends pointing to an increase in electricity demand, there’s also a growing need for forward-looking energy frameworks, such as those in relation to Guarantees of Origin (GO) and corporate Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs).
Policymakers have a key role to play in making sure that industries actively contribute to the EU’s ambition of net zero emissions by 2050. Industry leaders are calling for a better integration of Europe’s world-class environmental policies with the ambitions of the Energy Union. Additionally, immediate and sustained investment over the next investment cycle will help ensure that the EU is home to forward-thinking, green corporations.
- What policies should be advocated by the incoming EU mandate to ensure a sufficient supply of green energy to European companies and a smooth energy transition?
- How can EU companies remain competitive while also complying with EU 2030 renewable energy targets?
Klaus-Dieter Borchardt, European Commission Deputy Director General for Energy
Dharmendra Kanani, Director of Insights at Friends of Europe
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