The new industrial strategy for Europe – Refit or Rethink

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Industrial policy is a crucial part of the EU recovery. The much-awaited update on the European Industrial Strategy, to be released on 27 April, is designed to ensure that industries can lead the twin green and digital transition but also leverage the speed and scale of transformation that the COVID-19 crisis has prompted.

Addressing the weaknesses and strategic dependencies unveiled by the pandemic will be key. There are significant and strategic demands for the update, including improved functioning of the single market; facilitating investment flows; adapting competition and state aid processes on the back of the economic crises; stimulating growth through improved digitalisation; supporting businesses and wider industry to transition towards a greener model; and policy coherence with the objectives of EU recovery budgets and the 2030 climate targets.

Questions to be addressed:

  • How will the new industrial policy rethink the current industrial governance framework beyond a simple refit?
  • What kinds of accountability measures will need to be implemented or developed to achieve a green and digital transition and transformation of the EU’s industrial base?
  • How can the EU incentivise private investor confidence to invest in new technology, production processes and skills for their workforce?
  • Will innovation be the pivot point for the EU’s industrial policy or just a chapter?

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Giulia del Brenna

Head of Unit for Strategy and Regulation: Single Market and Industrial Policy at the European Commission Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW)

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Dharmendra Kanani

Director, Asia, Peace, Security & Defense, Digital & Chief spokesperson

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Guilia Del Brenna
Giulia del Brenna

Head of Unit for Strategy and Regulation: Single Market and Industrial Policy at the European Commission Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW)

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Giulia del Brenna has had a long career at the European Commission,  having previously held various portfolios, including head of the pharmaceutical, food and biotechnologies industries unit at the then Directorate-General of Enterprise and Industry and deputy head of the cabinet of former commissioner for research, science and innovation, Carlos Moedas. More recently, del Brenna took part in the Task Force for the Industrial Scale-up of COVID-19 vaccines, which aims to boost production capacity and establish a more strategic public-private partnership with European industries.

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