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See also joint motion for a resolution RC-B8-0440/2017

further to Question for Oral Answer B8-0319/2017

pursuant to Rule 128(5) of the Rules of Procedure

on building an ambitious EU industrial strategy as a strategic priority for growth, employment and innovation in Europe (2017/2732(RSP))

Evžen Tošenovský, Zdzisław Krasnodębski, Hans-Olaf Henkel on behalf of the ECR Group

European Parliament resolution on building an ambitious EU industrial strategy as a strategic priority for growth, employment and innovation in Europe (2017/2732(RSP))  

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), in particular Articles 9, 151, 152, 153(1) and (2), and 173 thereof,

–  having regard to Title II ‘Freedoms’ and Title IV ‘Solidarity’ of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union,

–  having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) and to the Treaty on European Union (TEU), in particular to Article 5(3) TEU and to Protocol No 2 on the application of the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality,

–  having regard to its resolution of 15 January 2014 on reindustrialising Europe to promote competitiveness and sustainability(1),

–  having regard to the Commission communication of 22 January 2014 entitled ‘For a European industrial renaissance’ (COM(2014)0014),

–  having regard to the Commission communication of 10 October 2012 entitled ‘A stronger European industry for growth and economic recovery’ (COM(2012)0582),

–  having regard to the European Council conclusions of 15 December 2016,

–  having regard to the Council conclusions on the Industrial Competitiveness Agenda, on the digital transformation of European industry and on the ‘Digital Single Market Technologies and Public Services Modernisation’ package,

–  having regard to its resolution of 1 June 2017 on digitising European industry(2),

–  having regard to the Competitiveness Council conclusions of 29 May 2017 on a future EU industrial policy strategy,

–  having regard to the European Council conclusions of 23 June 2017,

–  having regard to its resolution of 9 June 2016 on the competitiveness of the European rail supply industry(3),

–  having regard to its resolution of 17 December 2014 on the steel sector in the EU: protecting workers and industries(4),

–  having regard to the Paris agreement, ratified by the European Parliament on 4 October 2016,

–  having regard to the question to the Commission on building an ambitious EU industrial strategy as a strategic priority for growth, employment and innovation in Europe (O‑000047/2017 – B8‑0319/2017),

–  having regard to Rules 128(5) and 123(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas European industry is a global leader in many industrial sectors; whereas it accounts for over half of Europe’s exports, around 65 % of investments in research and development, and more than 50 million jobs (through direct and indirect jobs, meaning 20 % of jobs in Europe); whereas, however, the contribution of European industry to the EU’s GDP has decreased from 19 % to less than 15.5 % during the last 20 years;

B.  whereas 65 % of business spending on R&D is by the manufacturing industry; whereas, however, this figure is declining, and whereas strengthening the EU’s industrial base is therefore key to keeping and strengthening expertise and know-how in the EU;

C.  whereas small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) account for 99 % of all European companies, representing, together with large enterprises, the backbone of EU industries, and whereas all of these enterprises are facing major challenges on account of global changes in the economy and of financial and administrative barriers;

D.  whereas the role of European industry is declining in the global context, and whereas EU policy needs to support European industry in order to boost its competitiveness and capacity to invest in Europe;

E.  whereas innovative industry depends strongly on the EU’s research capacity, research progress and collaborative research in particular;

F.  whereas EU financial instruments play a strategic role in fostering competitiveness and preventing investment leakage;

1.  Underlines the essential role of industry as a driver of growth, employment and innovation in Europe; asks the Commission for a clear commitment to reaching the target of at least 20 % of Union GDP being based on industry by 2020 and to assess whether the 2030 climate and energy targets support the EU industry policy for the next decade;

2.  Believes that the EU’s industrial strategy should address the specific situation and needs of both smaller and larger industrial enterprises;

3.  Highlights the role of SMEs and reiterates the need to pursue an EU industrial policy in an SME-compatible way that addresses the challenges faced by SMEs because of their size; recalls the role of start-ups and young entrepreneurs in particular in the most innovative areas; asks the Commission to reduce regulatory burdens for SMEs, start-ups and young entrepreneurs with a view to facilitating innovation and enhancing the competitiveness of EU industry and to promote clusters, digital innovation hubs and business networks;

4.  Is convinced that European industry should be seen as a strategic asset for the competitiveness and sustainability of the EU; underlines that only a strong and resilient industry and a future-oriented industrial policy will allow the EU to face the different challenges ahead, including its investment leakage, global competition and fast technological progress;

5.  Underlines that, in order to support the Union’s industry in facing the challenges of rapid economic and regulatory changes in today’s globalised world, it is essential to enhance Europe’s industrial attractiveness for European and foreign direct investment;

6.  Highlights the importance of an investment-supportive environment, of a predictable and stable legal framework to attract investments and of the promotion of new business models, to facilitate access to finance;

7.  Recalls the strategic role of the EU financial instruments such as the European Structural and Investment Funds, Horizon 2020 and the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) being further available to companies of all sizes; asks the Commission to take this role into account when considering / determining the budget for these instruments;

8.  Calls on the Commission and the Member States to use the full scientific and research potential of all EU countries and regions and to create further incentives for better cooperation between research and industry in order to boost collaborative research and speed up the delivery of innovative products, technologies and services for industry;

9.  Highlights the importance of the Energy Union, the Digital Single Market, the Digital Agenda and Europe’s connectivity through adequate, future-proof and efficient infrastructure;

10.  Stresses the need to decrease administrative burdens and compliance costs for businesses, as the promotion of better regulation in a well-functioning open market will support EU reindustrialisation policy and further boost a data-driven economy;

11.  Calls for health to be considered as a driver of economic growth; asks the Commission and the Member States to foster EU medical research, to accompany the digitalisation of health and to retain a competitive health industry in Europe;

12.  Calls for effective and sustainable financing instruments and measures helping to combat the risk of carbon leakage to be integrated into the EU industrial strategy;

13.  Calls on the Commission to pay special attention to the situation of energy-intensive industries in Europe, which face harsh global competition on account of high energy costs;

14.  Underlines the importance of open markets and of free and fair international trade based on common rules and a level playing field;

15.  Calls on the Commission to screen investments from third countries in EU strategic infrastructure, key future technologies or other important assets;

16.  Underlines the importance of an EU strategy for the digitalisation of EU industry in order to take full advantage of the benefits of new technologies and to enhance the competitiveness of European companies;

17.  Highlights the role of the automotive industry in Europe because of its multiplier effect for other sectors and industries; supports the automotive industries’ continued efforts in their development of modern low-carbon vehicles such as electric-powered and hydrogen-fuel-cell vehicles, and connected and self-driving vehicles;

18.  Emphasises the need for coordinated EU efforts to pursue the promotion of new skills as well as retraining, up-skilling and life-long learning, as advocated by the Commission in its Agenda for New Skills and Jobs;

19.  Recalls the important role of EU standardisation and advocates a strong focus on playing a leading role in international standards organisations;

20.  Believes that the European regulatory framework should allow industries to adapt to the changes concerned and to take anticipatory action to contribute to job creation, growth and regional convergence;

21.  Recommends that the EU industrial strategy pay particular attention to sectors with a high added value and benefit from the huge potential of digital, space and nano technologies;

22.  Calls on the Commission to adopt by early 2018, together with the Member States, a holistic European industrial policy strategy and an action plan based on the 20 % target, addressing inter alia digitalisation, sustainability, energy efficiency, adequate resources, and deregulation, especially for SMEs;

23.  Invites the Commission to equip this strategy with precise and measurable industrial policy targets, supplementing it with a dashboard of additional indicators such as the level of industrial output, the level of industrial employment and the average annual investment of the manufacturing sector as a percentage of GDP;

24.  Asks the Commission to include in the strategy an assessment of the impact of mainstreaming industrial policy into the EU strategic initiatives, which will help to revise those initiatives in cases where they are to the disadvantage of EU industry and deliver better results;

25.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council and the Commission.


OJ C 482, 23.12.2016, p. 89.


Texts adopted, P8_TA(2017)0240.


Texts adopted, P8_TA(2016)0280.


OJ C 294, 12.8.2016.

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