More than 400 stakeholders from all over Europe, active in the economic and social fields, participated in a European industrial dialogue, at a symposium organised by Confrontations Europe and the Alpha Group, sponsored by the European Commission, the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Robert Schuman Foundation, on 17 and 18 February 2005 at the European Parliament in Brussels.
The debates reported here showed a strong need for a European industrial policy in the international division of labour. This led to a consensus over the risks of de-industrialisation and an ambition for industrial innovation. Whilst there is divergence over responsibility-sharing, it seems essential that public policies complement company stratégies. Eastern European actors also strongly expressed the need for co-operations, training courses and investment to develop the opportunities of new Member States, ti the benefit of the whole Europe.
These proceedings reflect the emergence of dialogue and participation, which are the two requisites to anticipate change and to take up the European industrial challenge.
Towards a European industrial dialogue :
a contribution to the Lisbon Strategy
Preface by Pierre Ferracci
Opening speech by Odile Quintin
Round table n°1:The new industrial challenge
Round table n°2: Sector-SPecific Issues and Corporate Strategy
Round table n°3: Enlargment, an Opportunity for European Industry
Round table n°4: Restructuring in the EU's Social and Territorial Cohesion Policy
Round table n°5: Building the Research-Innovation-Industry Relationship
Round table n°6: Consistency and Effectiveness of the EU and State Policies
Closing speech by Commissioner Spidla
Industrial policy, an interesting perspective by the Permanent Representation of France to the EU
Dialogue over publication and the market, Philippe Herzog and Mario Monti
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