is attending the informal meeting of EU ministers responsible for competitiveness in Bucharest today. The meeting will focus on European SME policy, the interplay between industrial policy and energy policy regarding energy-intensive industries, and internal market issues.
State Secretary Claudia Dörr-Voß said: “Small and medium-sized enterprises are a driving force for competition, growth, innovation and employment in Europe. We therefore need a holistic and forward-looking approach: SME policy must be regarded as a relevant cross-sector topic in all fields as it is very closely linked with the internal market and industrial policy. As regards industrial policy, we will today discuss its key role for the energy transition. The path towards a secure, sustainable, energy-efficient and low-carbon economy is both a challenge and an opportunity for Europe’s future competitiveness and innovative capacities. A new EU industrial strategy therefore also needs to take account of an energy policy that is in line with the objectives of the industrial policy.”
As regards the future of Europe’s energy-intensive industries, the discussion will focus on how a future EU industrial strategy can comply with the 2050 long-term climate strategy that is to be elaborated by the Finnish Council Presidency, especially with a view to maintaining European industry’s competitiveness in the transformation process towards a low-carbon sector.
The European internal market is a further item on the agenda. The aim is to elaborate national and European measures for improved application and enforcement of internal market law.