EU ministers have called on the European Commission to present a comprehensive industrial strategy to 2030—including better ties to research and innovation—before the end of 2019.
Ministers gave their steer to the Commission at a meeting of the EU’s competitiveness council on 27 May. They also stressed that the EU needs a competitive single market, and that stronger links are needed between policies for industry, the market, research and innovation, digitalisation and the environment.
Conclusions adopted by the Council stressed the need for strong industrial value chains. They signalled the importance of facilitating state aid, and welcomed the identification of six areas that could potentially benefit from such aid: connected, automated and electric vehicles; smart health; low-carbon industries; hydrogen technologies and systems; industrial internet of things; and cybersecurity.