27 May, 2021

First meeting of ALDE Competitiveness Ministers

The ALDE Party and Renew Europe group hosted the first-ever meeting for our liberal competitiveness ministers ahead of the council meeting on 27 May. Ministers were joined by Commissioner Thierry Breton and senior Renew MEPs. The meeting was chaired by ALDE Party and Renew Europe Vice-President Luis Garicano MEP (Ciudadanos, Spain).

The Ministers discussed and shared views on the items on the Council agenda, with a specific focus on the new and updated EU industrial strategy and the Digital Services package, including the Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act. They also discussed the EU re-opening strategy and the future of tourism in Europe.

Commissioner Breton shared the ongoing work of the European Commission when it comes to internal market and industrial policy.

List of participants:

  • Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for Internal Market

  • Karel Havlíček, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Industry & Trade and Minister of Transport (ANO, Czech Republic)
  • Martina Tauberová, Deputy Minister for EU & International Trade (ANO, Czech Republic)
  • Jukka Ilhanus, State Secretary for the Minister of Finance (Keskusta, Finland)
  • Aušrinė Armonaitė, Minister of Economy & Innovation (Laisvės partija, Lithuania)
  • Paul Ene, State Secretary of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Tourism (USRPLUS, Romania)

  • Luis Garicano MEP, ALDE Party and Renew Europe Vice-President (Ciudadanos, Spain)
  • Dita Charanzová MEP, ALDE Party Vice-President, European Parliament Vice-President (ANO, Czech Republic)
  • Christophe Grudler, MEP (MoDem, France)

Earlier this year, Renew Europe group presented their vision and main priorities for an innovation-driven industry that fits the green and digital age while fostering its strategic autonomy alongside an open economy and free trade and fair competition. The policy paper establishes the following priorities:

  1. Speed up the digitalisation of the industrial sector to establish Europe as leader in crucial areas such as AI and to empower citizens by upskilling and reskilling with digital tools.
  2. Greening Europe’s industry through the development of clean technologies and the implementation of the energy efficiency principle, innovative solutions and the application of circular economy principles to strengthen and diversify the supply chains.
  3. Investments on research and innovation to foster productivity growth, job and wealth creation and competitiveness.

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