EC: recommendations to support Europe’s leadership in six strategic industrial sectors

The European Commission has published the recommendations prepared by the Strategic Forum on Important Projects of Common European Interest. The group aims at boosting Europe’s competitiveness and global leadership in six strategic and future-oriented industrial sectors:


  • Connected, clean and autonomous vehicles
  • Hydrogen technologies and systems
  • Smart health
  • Industrial Internet of Things
  • Low-carbon industry


The identified areas have been prioritised on the basis of their potential impact on Europe’s industrial competitiveness, climate ambitions, strategic autonomy and security as well as the willingness of Member States and industry to develop joint coordinated actions in each area.


In addition to recommendations specific to each of the value chains, the report also identifies horizontal enabling actions:


  • Pooling public and private resources at EU, national and regional levels; The EU should coordinate these joint investments, targeting first industrial deployment and the commercialisation of new technologies;
  • Deepening and integrating the single market through regulations and new standards;
  • Mapping and developing the skills needed across the value chains;
  • Making innovation systems in Europe more dynamic, with a focus on regional strengths and public-private partnerships;
  • Setting a governance process to monitor technological and industrial changes, identify emerging strategic value chains and evaluate the progress of work on these value chains.





The Commission pursues policies that provide an ecosystem for Europe’s industries to thrive in. This empowers industry to create quality jobs in a strong and fair single market, boost Europe’s competitiveness, foster investment and innovation – for example in clean technologies – and support regions and workers affected by industrial change.

Announced in the renewed EU Industrial Policy Strategy in 2017, in March 2018 the Commission set up the Strategic Forum on Important Projects of Common European Interest (IPCEI). The work of the Strategic Forum builds on and complements the new vision for a more sustainable, inclusive and competitive transformation of the European industry by 2030, presented by the high-level Industrial Roundtable expert group in June 2019.



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