128 European trade associations call for an ambitious EU industrial strategy

Europe is the cradle of the manufacturing industry and has been at the forefront of industrial revolutions and technological innovations.

The industry directly employs over 34 million people across all Member States, in supply chains compromising hundreds of thousands of SMEs and larger suppliers. It also indirectly accounts for millions of additional jobs in relates sectors. 

128 trade associations representing a diverse range of industry sectors have therefore signed a Joint Declaration (click on the link below to read in FULL) and call on the European Commission to:

  • reaffirm its commitment to reaching the target of 20% of GDP from industry, with an ambitious and realistic timeframe;
  • adopt and Action Plan to tackle the challenges that the industrial sectors are facing, in the framework of a Communication that would include concrete steps and milestones; and
  • dommit to implement this Action Plan in a timely manner and regularly report on progress.