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EU Industry Days

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EU Industry Days is Europe’s flagship annual event on industry. It serves as the main platform to discuss industrial challenges and co-develop opportunities and policy responses in an inclusive dialogue with a wide range of partners. Co-created with main industrial stakeholders they gather thousands of participants across Europe.

It also helps to ensure that our policies at the European, national, regional and local levels work together to enable European industry to deliver jobs, growth, and innovation in Europe.


The EU Industry Days 2021 will take place from 23 - 26 February.


The European Commission is investing in EU industry for a modern, clean and fair economy. They promote industrial competitiveness through many of their major initiatives and aim to empower citizens, revitalize regions and have the best technologies for the smart, innovative industry of the future.

The content to be read here is part of the Official Website of the European Commission on the EU Industry Days and the EU Industry Week events.


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The industry is the engine of innovation, productivity growth, and exports. It offers quality jobs to Europeans.

However, our industrial structure is undergoing deep transformation driven by digital and other new technologies, and new business models. So a modernization effort is required to ensure that our industry stays competitive in global markets: we must embrace technological change, integrate products and servicesdevelop technologies that use less energy, reduce waste and avoid pollution, and invest in a workforce with the right skills.

European Commission


The European Commission (EC) is the executive branch of the European Union, responsible for proposing legislation, implementing decisions, upholding the EU treaties, and managing the day-to-day business of the EU.


This EU institution operates as a cabinet government, with 27 members of the Commission - the commissioners. There is one member per member state, but members are bound by their oath of office to represent the general interest of the EU as a whole rather than their home state. The Commissioners are proposed by the Council of the European Union, on the basis of suggestions made by the national governments, and then appointed by the European Council after the approval of the European Parliament.

One of the 27 is the Commission President (currently Ursula von der Leyen) proposed by the European Council and elected by the European Parliament. The current Commission is the Von der Leyen Commission, which took office in December 2019.

The term Commission is variously used, either in the narrow sense of the 27-member College of Commissioners or to also include the administrative body of about 32.000 European civil servants who are split into departments called directorates-general and services The procedural languages of the commission are English, French and German The Members of the Commission and their cabinets are based in the Berlaymont building in Brussels.

Key Themes 2021

The main thematic focus of the sessions will be on the implementation of the new industrial strategy in the post-COVID economic and social reality, with a specific focus on the challenges and needs of European industrial ecosystems related to one of the specific objectives.


  • Shaping Europe's digital future

  • Making Europe’s industry climate-neutral by 2050

  • EU competitiveness in the changing global competitive landscape


New Industry Strategy for Europe

In March 2020, the European Commission presented a new strategy to help Europe's industry lead the twin transitions towards climate neutrality and digital leadership. The strategy aims to drive Europe's competitiveness and its strategic autonomy at a time of moving geopolitical plates and increasing global competition.


A future for people

  • Providing skills for industry by improving the quality and relevance of training and education, making skills more comparable, and easing the recognition of qualifications

  • Facilitating access to finance for innovative ideas via the Investment Plan, Horizon 2020 and COSME


  • Promoting entrepreneurship


  • Supporting workplace innovation


  • Empowering citizens and communities with social innovation


Revitalizing our regions

  • Developing clusters - groups of enterprises and related supporting actors cooperating together in a particular location - to facilitate cooperation between businesses, investors, universities, and research centers

  • Encouraging partnerships between local industries via thematic smart specialization platforms


  • Supporting regional transformation via smart specialization strategies and the European Structural and Investment Funds


Technology leading the way

  • Supporting the digital transformation of European Industry


  • Promoting energy and resource-efficient technologies


  • Supporting the development and uptake of Key Enabling Technologies such as new biomaterials, metals, polymers and advanced manufacturing


  • Boosting industry uptake of space data


  • Promoting timely and inclusive standard setting


Opportunities in a changing world

The 2021 edition of EU Industry Days focuses on opportunities. Amid accelerated transformation and the changing global competitive landscape, European industrial strategy builds a business case for a greener, more digital and resilient industry. It provides tools to support our industrial ecosystems in this transformation and reinforce their global competitiveness. At the same time, it replies to Europe’s societal call to create new quality jobs while respecting planetary boundaries. Since the first edition in 2017, EU Industry Days established itself as the European Commission’s main platform for open stakeholder dialogue and discussion on industry.


In 2021 they go fully digital - and bigger, as this edition will encompass even more views and opinions in panel discussions, keynote speeches, networking opportunities, digital exhibitions, podcasts and many exciting announcements on various opportunities offered by the industrial transition.

EU Industry Days 2021 will take place in a special context. The European Commission wants the next 10 years to be Europe’s digital decade, and the new 2030 target for emission reduction of at least 55% to bring significant opportunities for our companies. The COVID pandemic has disrupted both the economic and social reality. But Europe will not divert from the green and digital direction, but rather accelerate the transformation using the ongoing recovery efforts.


The main question the European Commission wants to ask is how to use this crisis as a unique opportunity to rethink our economic, social and industrial reality: as a catalyst for change and new growth opportunities.

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