The manifesto, titled “Relaunching European Competitiveness”, warns against the risk of de-industrialisation in Europe. The aim is to develop the regulatory environment to enhance competitiveness.

The organisations have highlighted five priorities as part of this goal:

  1. Reposition Europe as global leader in trade.
  2. Embracing a horizontal approach to EU single market and competitiveness.
  3. Building a joined-up strategy to boost value chain resilience, protecting jobs and consumers.
  4. Bridging the innovation gap.
  5. Nurturing talents and skills.

Carmen Arias, CEC Secretary General, said: “The success of Europe’s trade policy is directly connected to a smart regulatory environment that consolidates our single market. This again points to the importance of ensuring a level playing field; the regulatory framework needs to be respected by all EU and non-EU products and for that we need more market surveillance and customs controls.”

You can download the full European Industry Manifesto – Relaunching Competitiveness from the CEC website.