ITRE Committee Meeting will be held on Wednesday 6 May 2015 (09.00 - 12.30 & 15.00 - 18.30) and Thursday 7 May 2015 (09.00 - 12.30 & 15.00 - 18.30) in JAN 2Q2, Brussels.
On14 April 2015 the ITRE Committee welcomed Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, and Jonathan Hill, Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union. Mrs Bieńkowska outlined EC strategic goals and industrial policy plans for 2015. Mr Hill presented Green paper on capital Markets Union.
With reindustrialization as the overarching aim, the ITRE Committee will have four priority areas on which to concentrate.
First of all, we must ensure that EU’s legal and economic framework enables the European industrial sector to become more innovative. This will require adapting and mobilizing EU’s R&D and education programs to effectively respond to the actual needs of the industry.
Secondly, EU’s policies must boost the development and growth of European small and medium-sized enterprises. Helping strengthen SMEs is as much about financing, as about openness of research programs, skills-development training schemes, or fiscal legislation.
Our third priority area is to build a true European digital market. It is about the advantages of scale of a European market to lower the costs and drive the innovativeness of Europe’s businesses. Both ITRE and the Parliament as a whole can show a very good record in this field – and we will still go further, with new legislation.
Last, but perhaps most importantly, exploiting the full potential of EU’s common energy policy will be a fundamental priority for us. Only with secure energy can we make our economy globally competitive and avoid economic decline.
Our aim is to bring the European economy back on the growth track, and to do so in a sustainable way. We want to make Europe a better place to live.
The Assessment of Scientific and Technological Policy Options for the European Parliament.