Industrial Policy

Economy & Jobs 28-05-2018

France, Germany push EU funding for tech start-ups

France and Germany are pushing for an EU-wide initiative to fund innovation and research in tech start-up projects across the bloc so that Europe can compete more effectively against the likes of China and the United States.
Digital 07-05-2018

Tech industry and consumer watchdogs at odds over robot liability

Tech industry groups and consumer watchdogs are at odds over whether the European Commission should overhaul the bloc’s legislation on product liability to cover robots and artificial intelligence.
Economy & Jobs 25-04-2018

‘Juncker plan’ mobilises €284 billion in investment

The EU’s investment fund set up in the aftermath of the financial crisis has mobilised €284 billion to date, mostly in private capital, surpassing the halfway point of its 2020 target.
EU-China 04-04-2018

EU considering taking China to WTO over IP practices

The European Commission is “closely examining” the option of filing complaints against China before the World Trade Organization for their rules and practices on intellectual property, a spokesperson told EURACTIV on Wednesday (4 April).
Electric cars 13-02-2018

EU bank approves financing for ‘Europe’s largest battery factory’

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved €52.5 million in financing for Swedish battery cell manufacturer Northvolt, a bank executive said on Monday (12 February), part of a European Union push to compete with Asian and US manufacturers.
Electric cars 12-10-2017

European battery alliance launched in Brussels

The European Commission hosted auto, chemical and engineering executives in Brussels yesterday (11 October) to develop battery manufacturing in the EU to compete with Asian and US manufacturers.
Railways 27-09-2017

Alstom, Siemens merge to create new European rail champion

The maker of France's TGV trains announced Tuesday (26 September) a "merger of equals" with German industrial leader Siemens in a giant and politically tricky deal to create a new European rail champion.
Economy & Jobs 18-09-2017

Commission ignores calls for objectives in new industrial strategy

The European Commission did not include new strategic objectives and targets in its industrial package unveiled on Monday (18 September), stressing instead that a master plan already exists for European industry.
Economy & Jobs 15-09-2017

Digital revolution forces rethink of labour and welfare

The transformation of jobs in the digital era will force governments to review their welfare systems and workers to constantly update their skills, senior European officials, experts and ministers agreed during a conference held in the Estonian capital Tallinn this week.
Economy & Jobs 12-09-2017

Europe looks at 3D printing to pursue its industrial renaissance

The European Commission backs additive manufacturing as one of the pillars to strengthen its industrial sector and step up efforts to maintain the EU's global advantage.
Air Quality 01-08-2017

Dawn of new EU emissions rules could sound death knell for coal power

New EU rules formally agreed on Monday (31 July) mean power plants will have to cut pollutants, with the cost of compliance estimated to be over €15bn. Environmental groups predict that the logical next step is widespread closures of the most polluting coal-powered plants.
Cybersecurity 12-07-2017

MEPs push cyber security rules as ‘political message’ before EU overhaul

MEPs are pressuring the European Commission to propose new cyber crime rules on hacking vulnerabilities, encryption and information sharing between EU countries, ahead of a legal overhaul planned for September.
Brexit 19-06-2017

EU patent court to remain in London despite Brexit… for now

The new EU’s unified patent court will start functioning early next year and would remain in London despite UK’s decision to leave the union, although its future will depend on the outcome of the divorce talks.
Defence policy 07-06-2017

Commission to mobilise €40 billion to beef up defence cooperation

The European Commission proposed today to mobilise €39 billion by 2027 to support the joint development of military capabilities and suggested a NATO-type solidarity clause to respond to cyber attacks.
Broadband 04-05-2017

Thirteen member states double down on opposition to EU spectrum rules

A group of thirteen EU member states have doubled down on a pushback by national governments against the European Commission's proposed changes to radio spectrum policy, arguing it will sweep away their powers to auction off spectrum to telecoms operators.
Brexit 27-03-2017

UK manufacturers urge May to drop threat of no Brexit deal

Britain's manufacturers told Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday (27 March) to drop her threat that she might take the country out of the European Union without a new trade deal, saying they would bear the brunt of trade barriers with the EU.
NAO robot
Digital 22-03-2017

EIB, WEF tell EU to embed social inclusion in economic policy

At a time of rising inequality across Europe, the European Investment Bank and the World Economic Forum have jointly sounded the alarm bell and called for social inclusion to become an organic part of EU economic policy.

Opinion leaders identify seven pillars for ‘better’ EU action

CIVICO-Europa, an informal group set up by opinion leaders and later supported by politicians, presented today (20 March) a manifesto for the future of Europe, based on “doing much better together”, rather than the traditional way of “doing more”.
Digital 08-03-2017

Ansip insists automation won’t cause ‘mass unemployment’

Andrus Ansip, the European Commission Vice-President in charge of digital policy, said he cannot imagine a “mass unemployment scenario” stemming from automation, although he acknowledged technology will bring job losses over the coming years.
Digital 02-02-2017

Top telecoms regulator takes aim at Commission plan for cybersecurity labels

The top EU telecoms regulator criticised the European Commission's plans to introduce this spring a labelling scheme to rank the cybersecurity of internet-connected devices, arguing it would only reinforce big tech companies' dominance.

Britain launches interventionist drive for post-Brexit industrial revival

The UK government yesterday (23 January) unveiled a new interventionist approach to rebalance its heavily services-based economy for the post-Brexit era, in a break with traditional Conservative laissez-faire economic policy.

MEPs want ‘free cash’ to address job-killer robots threat

EU legislators today (12 January) called for a universal basic income to combat the looming risk of job loss by the onward march of robots, as well as concerns about European welfare systems.

Commission wants to open up legal, architectural, and engineering professions

The European Commission proposed on Tuesday (10 January) a fine-tuning of the Services Directive in order to address the over-protection of certain professions in the member states.
Digital 13-12-2016

Companies face new data access rules under controversial Commission plans

Car manufacturers and other firms that increasingly rely on consumer data to make money could be subject to new EU rules that would force them to share that data with other firms, according to a leaked draft of the plans obtained by EURACTIV.com.