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About the 2015 Conference

Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska The event gathered over 220 delegates Beata Stelmach

Bringing together over 200 delegates, The Reindustrialisation of Europe: Industry 4.0 - Innovation, jobs and growth took place on 23rd June 2015 in Brussels.



A key goal of the Europe2020 strategy has been to increase the contribution made by manufacturing to European GDP from 16% to 20% by 2020. The reindustrialisation of the European economy, if it is to be a globally competitive reality, faces many challenges. These include mega trends such as access to raw materials, climate change and energy prices, to more comparatively localised issues such as EU competition, industrial and tax policies, skills, education and employment matters.



The event discussed:

Eighteen months on from the European Commission’s communication “For a European Industrial Renaissance”, and with the Europe2020 strategy mid-term review public consultation results now in the public domain, this Forum Europe - RAND Europe joint conference initiative assessed Europe’s industrial policy, key outcomes from the public consultation, future priorities for policymakers, the role of industry, both hi-tech and otherwise, the future of R&D and investment, and the outlook for skills, jobs and growth in Europe.


- A New Industrial Ambition for Europe

- How can innovation change the face of industry in Europe?

- The social dimensions: skills, labour and entrepreneurship in Industry 4.0.


High-Level Speakers included:

Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, European Commission

Elżbieta Bieńkowska, European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship, SMEs & Space

Heinz Haller, President Europe, Middle East, Africa and India, The Dow Chemical Company

Sanqi Li, CTO, Products and Solutions, Huawei Technologies

Beata Stelmach, CEO, GE Poland and Baltics and Member of the High Level Group of Industrial Innovation for Competitiveness (i24c)

Tomislav Radoš, Assistant Minister, Ministry of Economy, Croatia

Matthias Machnig, State Secretary, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy


For more information on last year's event, please visit the event website here 



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