Policy Track

To discuss and identify priorities for policy supporting the further strengthening of the European industrial innovation ecosystem.

Two presidencies of the European Council in 2016, namely the Netherlands Presidency and the Slovakian Presidency in the area of industrial technologies and innovation worked together in developing policy recommendations for future European industry and the role of new industrial technologies. A policy agenda is being developed, including a vision for the future European industry and actions on how to achieve this vision. The policy recommendations are based on intense discussions with a broad range of stakeholders, including governments, industry, academia and research establishments in the course of 2016. It focusses on the actions to be taken to accelerate the pace of adopting the 4th industrial revolution (the conference in Amsterdam called “Industrial Technologies 2016”), as well as on increasing European coherence and bringing all Member States to the same level (Bratislava conference called “Re-Industrialisation of Europe 2016”).

Policies for a smart Europe will be addressed in the following sessions during the Industrial Technologies 2016 conference

Wednesday 22 June

Policies for a Smart Europe - Bringing together national/regional smart industry approaches & a European perspective

National Approaches
13:30-15:00 hr

To discuss and share new policies and public-private initiatives supporting and stimulating industrial innovation and strengthening the competitiveness of European industry. In this session we will bring together policy approaches and initiatives from various countries to share experiences.  After the presentations, a panel discussion will take place to feed the discussion about the different approaches and setting the priorities that are crucial to further strengthen the European industrial ecosystem together with the audience of the session. In the second part of the session we will have the perspectives from the side of the European Commission.

European Approaches
15:15-16:45 hr

After the presentations, a panel discussion will take place to feed the discussion about the different approaches and setting the priorities that are crucial to further strengthen the European industrial ecosystem together with the audience of the session.

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Thursday 23 June

Policy interaction - Round table discussion

Policy recommandations & Round table discussion
13:30-15:30 hr

A round table discussion session to discuss the policy recommendations and priorities that have been developed by the two presidencies of the European Council.

The draft policy recommendations are structured into four different categories and for each category a round table discussion will take place for which we will invite a broad range of stakeholders. For each table a chair will start the discussion with his or her reflection on the draft recommendations: what are the key issues, what has high priority and what key recommendation is missing. At the end of the session, there will be a ‘plenary’ summary of the discussions. The results of this session will be used to fine tune the recommendations and the policy agenda, which will be published and communicated after the conference.

Plenary Ceremony

17:00-18:00 hr

The final session will be the ceremony in which a  representative of the Netherlands (Rob Karsmakers, Philips) of the advisory board Industrial Technologies will hand over the declaration to the Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Moedas and the Netherlands Presidency. The Netherlands Presidency will ask the Slovakian Presidency in his speech to elaborate on the declaration and the annex. Mr. Moedas will reflect on future EC policy.