10 Point Plan for a competitive industry sustaining social Europe

Why Europe needs industry, and why industry needs Europe even more.

A competitive European industry needs open minds and debates

 

Ceemet has drafted a 10 Point Plan for turning today’s and tomorrow’s challenges into opportunities. It lays the groundwork for a facts-based discussion offering ideas from European Tech and Industry employers.

In view of the elections to the European Parliament in May 2019, we want to stimulate debates and discussions. How to make the EU future-proof? How to further develop our internationally competitive industry? How to address big challenges ahead of us, such as digitalisation, globalisation, resource efficiency, climate and demographic change, and migration?

Ceemet believes Europe needs a fresh approach on the way it regulates and implements agreed policies. We have gathered our ideas in a 10 Point Plan. Let’s debate them!

Point 1

Real debate on the future of Europe

The European Union needs to open a new chapter in its success story. A stronger Europe will only emerge by focussing on unity and subsidiarity. Citizens, workers and industry deserve new solutions and visions, which will help maintain a competitive and consequently social Europe, and build sustainable prosperity for all.

Point 1

Real debate on the future of Europe

The European Union needs to open a new chapter in its success story. A stronger Europe will only emerge by focussing on unity and subsidiarity. Citizens, workers and industry deserve new solutions and visions, which will help maintain a competitive and consequently social Europe, and build sustainable prosperity for all.

Point 2

Better regulation

Regulation must be applicable, enforceable, and based on comprehensive and objective impact assessments. It should only fix a problem. If so, it will boost competitiveness, business investment and job creation. If not, regulation becomes nothing but a burden.

Point 2

Better regulation

Regulation must be applicable, enforceable, and based on comprehensive and objective impact assessments. It should only fix a problem. If so, it will boost competitiveness, business investment and job creation. If not, regulation becomes nothing but a burden.

Point 3

International competitiveness

An internationally competitive industry in Europe remains key in the creation of growth and quality jobs. EU policy-makers and social partners can only achieve their vision of an even more social Europe with an industry in good shape.

Point 3

International competitiveness

An internationally competitive industry in Europe remains key in the creation of growth and quality jobs. EU policy-makers and social partners can only achieve their vision of an even more social Europe with an industry in good shape.

Point 4

Digital industrial era

A well-coordinated European digital strategy will enable our industry to remain or become a global champion in many sectors. Digitalisation will boost economic growth, competitiveness and employment. Digitalisation must be rolled out across the whole EU, particularly in SMEs.

Point 4

Digital industrial era

A well-coordinated European digital strategy will enable our industry to remain or become a global champion in many sectors. Digitalisation will boost economic growth, competitiveness and employment. Digitalisation must be rolled out across the whole EU, particularly in SMEs.

Point 5

Skills skills skills

Digitalisation has massively changed skills needs and will continue to shorten the half-life of knowledge. The EU should allocate and better target funds for right-skilling initiatives.

Point 5

Skills skills skills

Digitalisation has massively changed skills needs and will continue to shorten the half-life of knowledge. The EU should allocate and better target funds for right-skilling initiatives.

Point 6

Agile labour markets

The EU should promote national reforms that support new concepts of work organisation. Agile labour markets are indeed more resilient and will help bolster employment creation in a European digital economy.

Point 6

Agile labour markets

The EU should promote national reforms that support new concepts of work organisation. Agile labour markets are indeed more resilient and will help bolster employment creation in a European digital economy.

Point 7

Social partners make the difference

Social dialogue at European level contributes to improving the business and social environment. Policy-makers must respect the autonomy of social partners. Interfering in industrial relations would hit the competitiveness of our economy.

Point 7

Social partners make the difference

Social dialogue at European level contributes to improving the business and social environment. Policy-makers must respect the autonomy of social partners. Interfering in industrial relations would hit the competitiveness of our economy.

Point 8

Investment in tech & industry

The Commission must immediately set up a single coordinated digitalisation investment programme together with a fully operational “one-stop shop” for European funding, in particular for SMEs and start-ups. In this way, it will maintain stable and reliable framework conditions for private investments.

Point 8

Investment in tech & industry

The Commission must immediately set up a single coordinated digitalisation investment programme together with a fully operational “one-stop shop” for European funding, in particular for SMEs and start-ups. In this way, it will maintain stable and reliable framework conditions for private investments.

Point 9

Global trade & Brexit

Free and fair trade requires the Union to speak with one voice, in order to remain a source of wealth for all. Brexit is a ‘lose-lose’ situation for manufacturing in the UK and the EU. Both have to develop a sustainable future relationship.

Point 9

Global trade & Brexit

Free and fair trade requires the Union to speak with one voice, in order to remain a source of wealth for all. Brexit is a ‘lose-lose’ situation for manufacturing in the UK and the EU. Both have to develop a sustainable future relationship.

Point 10

Consult industry

Consultation with industry should become a natural reflex of politicians at all levels, in order to share a common vision on global competition, quality jobs and social Europe.

Point 10

Consult industry

Consultation with industry should become a natural reflex of politicians at all levels, in order to share a common vision on global competition, quality jobs and social Europe.