Industry4Europe - Joint Paper on a Governance Structure

Industrial policy
2 July 2018


132 European industrial associations have today signed and published the Industry4Europe Joint Paper on a Governance Structure for an ambitious EU industrial strategy.


The Joint Paper proposes a list of steps that should be taken by EU decision-makers, particularly the European Commission, to create an adequate governance structure with which to effectively implement an ambitious EU industrial strategy based on an informed dialogue between the industry, decision-makers at EU, national, regional and local levels and the Civil Society.


Such a governance structure should enable the Commission, the Council and the European Parliament, together with industry stakeholders, to develop a common vision for a smart, innovative and sustainable industry. Existing policies, initiatives and tools, addressing the challenges and gaps, including those described in the European Commission’s Communication “Investing in a smart, innovative and sustainable Industry: A renewed EU Industrial Policy Strategy” of September 2017, should be reviewed in order to develop and implement a long-term comprehensive EU Industrial Strategy as well as for monitoring its progress on a regular basis.


A future Industrial Strategy governance structure should be based on the following two pillars:


  1. Ensuring an informed and permanent dialogue between the industry and policy decision-makers in association with civil society stakeholders (trade unions, consumers organisations, NGOs, academia);
  2. A structure of European Institutions, which allows for an Industrial Strategy to be addressed and implemented at highest level.


Ensuring an informed and permanent dialogue between industry and decision-makers


  • High-Level Industrial Roundtable;
  • Regular and structured dialogue with industrial sectors;
  • Thematic EU, national, and regional platforms and fora;
  • Co-operation with all public authorities at all levels;
  • EU Industry Days;
  • A European Year of Industry.


A structure of European Institutions, which allows for an Industrial Strategy to be addressed and implemented at highest level


  • Put industrial competitiveness and leadership at the top of the political agenda of the next European Commission;
  • Appoint a Vice-President of the European Commission specifically dedicated to industry and industrial strategy;
  • Launch the European Commission's EU Industrial Strategy (EUIS) Programme with the creation of an EUIS platform;
  • Grant the European Commission General Secretariat to head the new EUIS programme and platform;
  • Systematically assess the impact of new regulation on industrial competitiveness through impact assessments;
  • Publish annual reports on the results of the implementation and operation of the EU industrial strategy.