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The future of EU industrial policy

20 Sep 2017
All Committees

One day after European Commission presented its renewed EU industrial policy strategy, members of AmCham EU came together to discuss the future of the EU’s industrial policy.  

In his keynote address, Antti Peltomäki, Deputy Director-General, DG GROW, pragmatically assessed the state of Europe’s industry, which has bounced back since the financial crisis but remains hindered by uneven growth and a significant skills and innovation gap. Progress can be made through collaboration with businesses and developing a common agenda.

During a panel discussion on the role of life sciences in the EU’s industrial policy, participants debated the many challenges facing the European healthcare industry. Innovation was promoted as both a goal and solution, achieved through investment in new technological advances such as robotics, a strategic approach to public procurement and the removal of national access barriers.

Speakers included:

Lieve Wierinck, MEP (ALDE, BE)

David Blanchard, Deputy Head of Unit, Innovative and e-procurement, DG GROW, European Commission

Serge Bernasconi, CEO, MedTech Europe

Simone Boselli, Public Affairs Director, EURORDIS - Rare Diseases Europe

Moderator: Alexander Roediger, Chair of AmCham EU Healthcare Committee; Policy Lead - Oncology, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Canada (EMEAC)                     

September Plenary - The future of EU industrial policy