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CEMA and CECE tackle industrial production in Europe

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A 10-point action plan for stronger industrial production in Europe has been presented to the EU Parliament by the presidents of CECE and CEMA, Mr Johann Sailer and Mr Gilles Dryancour. A target has been set by the European Commission to raise the share of industry in Europe from 16% GDP to at least 20% by 2020. The European construction equipment and agricultural machinery industries maintain important production facilities and R&D sites in Europe and are committed to assist in achieving this goal.

Whilst handing the manifesto to MEP Malcom Harbour at the CECE-CEMA summit on 16 October, Mr Gilles Dryancour stated: “we call on the EU to make industrial competitiveness the centre of EU policymaking, and this is our contribution.” He went on to assert “a strong and competitive industrial production in Europe is essential to drive Europe out of recession and keep our common economic area wealthy and economically successful.”

Both the agricultural and construction equipment industries assert that the EU needs to provide the conditions for them to be able to deliver growth, create jobs and compete at an international level. They propose the following 10-point action plan:

  1. Introduce stronger competitiveness-proofing and fitness checks.
  2. Ensure more coherent EU policy-making.
  3. Ensure EU legislation boosts the industry’s ability to innovate to remain ahead of competitors.
  4. Seek greater international policy alignment to avoid technical barriers to trade.
  5. Reduce the administrative burden of complying with EU legislation.
  6. Complete the Internal Market.
  7. Ensure fair competition through better market surveillance.
  8. Invest massively in infrastructure.
  9. Deepen partnerships for a skilled workforce.
  10. Promote free access to foreign markets.

The CECE-CEMA summit was hosted by Ms Amalia Sartori, Member of the European Parliament and Chair of the Parliament’s important Industry Committee, and attended by more than 300 participants including industry representatives, EU policy makers and partners of the industry.

Adapted from press release by Rosalie Starling.

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