Industry is central to Europe’s economy. Europe’s industrial sector has long been the engine for the sustainable growth of its economy and the main contributor to job creation. Today, industry accounts for 15 per cent of Europe’s GDP - down from 18.5% in 2000 and far from the 20 per cent goal set in the Europe 2020 strategy.

Industry is typically the largest source of business R&D, has larger technological and economic multipliers than other sectors, and is closely linked to knowledge-intensive services.

When reviewing key enabling technologies for the future, we must take into consideration that KETs were at the heart of the “Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies pillar” which is planned to disappear in FP9. The question now is how we will be able to maximise the further development and industrial deployment of Key Enabling Technologies to secure and enhance Europe’s leadership in this strategic area.

The discussion involving members of the European Parliament’s Industry Committee, is expected to provide proposals for clear objectives and actions in the long-term vision of the EU’s new industrial policy strategy and how the next framework programme will support this strategy.

Questions/talking points:

  • What needs to change in FP9 to build the successes of Europe’s industry tomorrow and to stay ahead of the curve?
  • What measures should European regulators take to create added value?
  • What should we do in order to increase industrial competitiveness in the medium and long term?
  • What should we do to get more high-quality jobs, more innovations and growth?
  • Which are key themes relevant for the development of European industry?
  • Our expectations for the future: What are the challenges? What are the best practices? How to raise the ambition level across Europe?
  • Share know-how and new ideas on how to face the challenges of industrial modernization?
  • Reliable measurements are essential for innovation in economies and societies.
  • How does European research in measurement support industry and European competitiveness and how can it continue under FP9?
  • Key Enabling Technologies that address global challenges (resource efficiency, circular economy, and low carbon economy), drive breakthrough innovations and support the development of high added value products and processes.
  • Industrial Process Technologies that are crucial for achieving a low carbon and circular economy (through valorisation of alternative feedstock including waste, secondary materials, CO2, biomass, material recycling), and the energy transition (better utilization of alternative energy sources in the chemical industry and technologies for renewable energy storage).