Supporting industrial policy across all EU policy area is a priority for the Directorate-General for Internal Markets, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs).
What EU is doing?
Through its Services responsible on Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, EU is committed to helping European enterprise and industry be competitive and generate growth and new jobs. The DG develops policies and actions for the re-industrialisation of Europe and an innovative, modern, and sustainable economy. The aim is that industry accounts for approximately 20 % of GDP by 2020, from 15.1 % currently.
Industrial policy contributes to competitiveness by establishing appropriate framework conditions (such as smart legislation). In this regard, the DG has developed sector-specific action plans and smart legislation that supports key industrial sectors including: Chemicals; Automotive; Tourism; Textiles, Defence, Fashion and high end industries, Creative industries, Raw materials, Metals, Minerals and forest-based industries, Mechanical engineering industries, Electrical engineering industries, Food, healthcare, Biotechnology, Aeronautics and Maritime industries.
The Commission's Services are also responsible for sectors with geostrategic implications and a high degree of public intervention, such as defence, security and space; and high-potential areas including Key Enabling Technologies (KETs).
To help to achieve its policy goals, and to promote innovation and entrepreneurship, EU develops and manages the following programmes: