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Joint Industry Statement to Relaunch Europe's Competitiveness 

Policy papers 15 Apr 2024

APPLiA joined forces with 84 European and National industry associations for a united call to prevent the risk of de-industrialisation on our continent by relaunching Europe’s competitiveness, to establish it as a powerful leader in the global economy. 

As the European Union enters a new policy era amidst global disruptions, we emphasize the urgency of strategic planning. It is crucial for Europe to realise the full potential of the Single Market and build a regulatory framework that encourages maintaining the competitiveness of the European industry, ensuring success in the green and digital transition by staying attractive to investment and ensuring access to strategic materials and technologies.

An integrated approach is critical to to strengthen value chain resilience, promote circularity, technological transformation, and economic growth while protecting jobs and consumers. Bridging the innovation gap and developing talents and skills emerge as key requirements for driving Europe’s renewed competitiveness.

For a succeeding industrial landscape, we call the next EU mandate to: 

  • Reposition Europe as global leader in trade
  • Embrace a horizontal approach to EU Single Market and competitiveness
  • Build a joined-up strategy to boost value chain resilience, protecting jobs and consumers
  • Bridge the innovation gap
  • Nurture talents and skills
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