In the next ten years, technological innovation will create change at a pace never seen before – opening up immense opportunities for Europe.
Orgalim's long-term political agenda '2030: an industry vision for a renewed Europe' paints a picture of what that future could look like. Leading the global response to climate change, the EU will pave the way for an age beyond carbon. Technology-led transformation will breathe new life into the economy and reinvent the nature of work. Progress in medical tech and assisted living systems will allow us to get more out of life than ever before. Cities will tackle the scourges of congestion and pollution. And we will show that social, environmental and economic sustainability can go hand in hand with renewed competitiveness and more and better jobs.
Europe’s technology industries will play a key role in shaping this vision of the future.
From sensors to advanced machinery, from robotics to smart energy grids – innovative tech will drive the solutions to the challenges faced by our planet and people. Our companies are in many cases already global leaders in these fields. With the right conditions in place, there’s no limit to the opportunities they could unlock.
But for this vision to become reality, the EU must help companies maintain leadership in the global innovation race – at a time when populism, nationalism and a shifting global order are putting the European project under serious pressure. An EU fragmented or falling behind in terms of investment and innovation would cause European industry to lose leadership at home and abroad, further denting citizens’ faith in Europe to deliver jobs and prosperity.
Renew: a new kind of industrial strategy
We need to address these challenges head on if our vision for 2030 is to materialise. How? With a new type of industrial strategy that puts innovation at the heart of the EU’s future, puts globalisation and technology at the service of all of Europe’s citizens, and turns our historic strengths and core values into future drivers of prosperity.
From taxation to competition law, from social policy to education, every policy area will have a role to play. Above all else, we believe that three overarching strategic imperatives at EU level will be decisive in tapping into the potential of Europe’s technology industries to reinvigorate the European way.
Delivering these strategic imperatives will require bold and urgent policy decisions that will set Europe on the right path for the coming decade. What follows are our concrete recommendations on how to make this happen - click to expand the boxes below for more details on each imperative, or read our detailed brochure online here.
Digitalisation and data are fuelling the innovation-led transformation not only of industry but of the EU’s economy and society as a whole. If we can embrace this change and take steps to broaden and accelerate the transformation, Europe’s technology companies can tap into a wealth of potential to create new business models, new jobs and new products and services.
How do we get there?
• Keep our leading edge: Leverage technology companies’ innovation leadership in new areas like AI, building on Europe’s proven industrial strengths
• Cybersecurity: Develop a European infrastructure for resilient, flexible and market-based cybersecurity solutions
• EU data framework: Deliver a future-proof framework to drive industry’s transformation while respecting fundamental rights and intellectual property
• Networks: Fast-track Europe-wide roll-out of first-class communication networks, such as 5G and fibre optics
Rather than simply ‘managing’ growing complexity and evolving business models resulting from the innovation-driven transformation, EU policy should define the fundamental objectives we want to achieve and provide the framework for industry-led solutions to help deliver these. This will enable Europe’s industries to take advantage of new opportunities and strengthen their competitiveness globally.
How do we get there?
• Trade: Stand up for open, rules-based international trade and improve access to global markets
• Investment and R&I: Tailor EU investment policy and step up funding programmes like Horizon Europe to support our industries’ future global leadership
• Internal Market: Recommit to the essence of the EU’s Internal Market – a level playing field for safe products and services, governed by business-friendly future-proof legislation and effectively enforced by market surveillance authorities
• Agile regulation: Adopt modern and agile regulatory approaches to deliver policy objectives in a cost-effective way
From the clean energy transition, climate change and resource efficiency to the future of mobility and demographic change, the EU will over the coming years deploy new policies to address the major societal challenges of our time. European technology companies are leaders in providing the solutions. With the right policies in place, the EU can transform these challenges into drivers of growth by helping our industries maintain a global edge, driving prosperity at home and worldwide.
How do we get there?
• Low-carbon transition: Set the standard in the global low-carbon and energy transition required to implement the Paris Agreement
• Resource efficiency: Drive systemic change to promote the sustainable use of resources and ‘do more with less’
• Mobility and buildings: Create conditions for sustainable and connected mobility and buildings that are equitable, efficient, safe and climate responsive
• Skills: Encourage and support adaptation of education and training systems to a digitised world of work
Shaping an EU framework to enable our industries' success
To make our vision for 2030 a reality, we need a holistic approach that addresses all policy fields impacting the technology industries. To this end, Orgalim’s advocacy work focuses on the following key areas:
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