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“As the global competitive landscape continues to change rapidly, we need to adapt our competition framework and keep pace”, said Tom Berendsen MEP, the EPP Group's negotiator of the EU's new Industrial Strategy.

Parliament's Committee on Industry, Research and Energy votes this morning on a Report which lays out Parliament's demands for the strategy. The Report highlights synergies that can be created between the EU economic recovery plan and the EU’s ambitions on the climate and digital agendas.

"Our companies are the engines of job creation and sustainable solutions for both the energy and the digital transitions. The industrial strategy must foster our strategic autonomy. Otherwise, the EU risks becoming too dependent on other parts of the world for many vital products, such as batteries, microelectronics and raw materials for the production of wind turbines, among other things”, explained Berendsen.

For the EPP Group, European industry is vital for economies. The industry provides a stable living for millions and as a result, creates healthy communities as well.

"We must take action to strengthen the position of the EU in key strategic value chains, especially those that contribute to the energy and digital transition. The rest of the world won’t wait for the EU. We shouldn't wait either to shape our own future", concluded Berendsen.

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The EPP Group is the largest political group in the European Parliament with 187 Members from all EU Member States

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