CECE initiatives on the 20% GDP 2020 Strategy


G. Dryancour, MEP Harbour and J. Sailer

Industry must be placed centre stage if Europe is to remain a global economic leader. This is the core message of the Communication on "An integrated industrial policy for the globalisation era" adopted by the European Commission on 28th October 2010 on the initiative of Vice-President Antonio Tajani. The Communication, a flagship initiative of the Europe 2020 strategysets out a strategy that aims to boost growth and jobs by maintaining and supporting a strong, diversified and competitive industrial base in Europe offering well-paid jobs while becoming more resource efficient.

On 10 October 2012 the Commission adopted an Update of the Industrial Policy flagship initiative – "A Stronger European Industry for Growth and Economic Recovery".

The Communication, in order to favour a recovery of industrial investments and a reversal of manufacturing's share in EU GDP, launches a new partnership between the EU, Member States and industry.

Finally, EU Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani, Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, has presented on 22nd January 2014 a Communication for a European Industrial Renaissance.


CECE Position

Thanks to the considerable investment undertaken in the construction equipment sector, our sector has significantly contributed to deliver growth and jobs in the EU. CECE strongly welcomes the European Commission’s commitment to raise the share of industry in Europe from 16% of GDP to 20% of GDP by 2020. We are committed to play an active role in reaching this 20% target and boost growth in Europe in the years ahead. As global competition is fierce, the EU needs to set the right framework conditions for them to deliver growth, create jobs and compete at international level.

CECE has been active during the various stages of the Ec Industrial policy initiatives by drafting Position papers, Press releases and Contribution to Public consultations.

Finally, CECE and CEMA presented a Manifesto with ten fields of action to raise the share of industry in Europe to 20% GDP during the CECE-CEMA Summit in the European parliament on 16 October 2013. The Presidents of CECE and CEMA, Mr. Johann Sailer and Mr Gilles Dryancour, handed it over to Malcom Harbour MEP, Chair of the Parliament’s Committee for the Internal Market.

The Manifesto lists 10 major fields of action:

  1. Introduce stronger competitiveness-proofing and fitness checks
  2. Ensure more coherent EU policy-making
  3. Ensure EU legislation boosts the industry’s ability to innovate to remain ahead of competitors
  4. Seek greater international policy alignment to avoid technical barriers to trade
  5. Reduce the administrative burden of complying with EU legislation
  6. Complete the Internal Market
  7. Ensure fair competition through better market surveillance
  8. Invest massively in infrastructure
  9. Deepen partnerships for a skilled workforce
  10. Promote free access to foreign markets