Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier and Jadwiga Emilewicz, Minister of Entrepreneurship and Technology of the Republic of Poland

Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier and Jadwiga Emilewicz, Minister of Entrepreneurship and Technology of the Republic of Poland

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Federal Minister Peter Altmaier today came together with his Polish counterpart Ms Jadwiga Emilewicz, Minister for Entrepreneurship and Technology, to present proposals for a European Industrial Strategy. Minister Altmaier said: “Poland and Germany are working together closely on economic policy in the European Union. In order for us to maintain competitiveness and prosperity in both of our countries and the European Union, we need our industry to be strong and competitive. We therefore want to continue to work closely together in the future and are committed to developing an ambitious, long-term European industrial strategy”.

The joint declaration (PDF, 156 KB) takes up ideas from Germany’s National Industrial Strategy 2030, the draft of which Minister Altmaier presented on 5 February 2019. The declaration’s core objective is to boost the competitiveness of the entire industrial sector in Germany and Europe.

To this end, the ministers set out five key demands: (1) promotion of investment in innovation and research in important industrial sectors, (2) development of strategic objectives for Europe’s industrial policy, (3) strengthening of key technologies such as battery cell production, digitalisation and artificial intelligence, (4) improvement of the policy environment at national and European level and (5) strengthening of multilateralism, open markets and an ambitious EU trade policy.

At the invitation of Minister Altmaier, more than 350 interested representatives of companies, societal organisations, government and administration will come together at the German-Polish Business Forum which will be held at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

Following the opening speeches by Minister Altmaier and Minister Emilewicz, two panels of high-level business representatives will discuss key topics for the future of Polish and German industry including Industry 4.0, digitalisation, energy reforms, mobility and battery cell production. Experts will take part in workshops to exchange ideas on Industry 4.0, start-ups, space travel, smart cities and offshore wind energy. Presentations on aspects relating to company-handovers to the next generation will round off the programme.

The forum also offers German and Polish companies the opportunity for targeted networking which helps to further deepen bilateral economic relations between the two countries.

Last year, Germany and Poland’s bilateral trade volume totalled €118.4 billion. Poland ranks 7th among Germany’s most important trading partners whilst Germany is Poland’s largest trading partner.