Organised under the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union and moderated by the Portuguese Ministry for the Economy and the Digital Transition, in partnership with IAPMEI (Portuguese Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation), the High-Level Conference “Travel Guide to a Competitive Economy” was held today, with priority issues for the new European Industrial Policy on the agenda.
Given the current pandemic, issues of resilience, strategic autonomy, decarbonisation and innovation have taken on more significance, as well as reflection on the industrial reality in the Member States.
During its six-month presidency of the Council of the European Union, Portugal has sought to contribute to the discussion of the new paradigm for the EU's industrial strategy, which will include the twin green and digital transitions.
Some leading players capable of contributing to the new paradigm and implementing it on the ground took part in today's conference. Representatives of the main competitiveness clusters, business associations, public bodies and other important figures discussed the importance of joining knowledge and producing, and implementing cooperation mechanisms in order to achieve higher levels of competitiveness inside and outside the borders of each country.
For the Portuguese Minister of State for the Economy and the Digital Transition, Pedro Siza Vieira, “the pandemic has brought with it challenges, but it has also provided opportunities to blaze trails that will make a greener, more digital and more resilient European industry a reality. An industry capable of incorporating value into its products and that will also contribute to fairer, more inclusive societies”.