The Minister of State, Economy and Digital Transition, Pedro Siza Vieira, considers that the covid-19 pandemic is a “unique opportunity” to rethink the industry.
Pedro Siza Vieira admitted, this Tuesday, that “the economic recovery will take longer” than expected, but underlined that the covid-19 pandemic is “a unique opportunity to rethink the industrial reality” of the European Union (EU ).
The Minister of State, Economy and Digital Transition, who was speaking at the opening of the fourth edition of the EU Industry Days, recalled that “the pandemic has brought profound and very asymmetric impacts in different countries and economic sectors”. “THE recovery will take longer what we wanted and what we had foreseen in the last few months, ”said Siza Vieira.
The minister guaranteed, however, that the Portuguese presidency of the EU Council is committed to “helping to fight the crisis and supporting the recovery”, based on three main priorities – “promoting a European recovery through the double digital and ecological transition, implementing the EU Social Pillar, a key element to ensure a fair and inclusive transition, and to strengthen the EU’s strategic autonomy in the world ”.
According to Siza Vieira, the 27 member states of the community bloc are “building a consensus around the European strategy for reindustrialization”, Given that,“ in recent decades, the leadership of European industry has been challenged ”by“ the development of other world regions and new technologies. Therefore, “it is necessary to guarantee a European strategic autonomy that maintains this leadership” in the industrial ecosystem, he defended.
“In the future, the industry will have to adapt to a new paradigm, while maintaining its leadership”, pointed out the minister, adding that reindustrialization must take into account the decarbonization it’s at energy efficiency.
For Siza Vieira, it is important for the EU to focus on the development of technologies and processes for industrial production, in order to be “a producer of technology and not a follower and buyer of technologies produced by others”.
According to the minister, the European Commission will launch, “in the coming months”, an update of the European industrial strategy that should be discussed by the 27. Siza Vieira argues that this update “should reflect the importance of the single European market, cohesion and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which are the ‘backbone’ of the European economy ”.
On SMEs, the politician guarantees that they will be “an essential cross-cutting issue” of the Portuguese presidency of the EU Council, given that “no European industrial strategy can succeed without the participation of SMEs in industrial transformation”, he defended.
“We therefore support the creation of strategic industrial alliances given that they can contribute significantly to this innovation process and help integrate SMEs into the industrial ecosystems ”, he concluded.
Minister Siza Vieira spoke at the fourth edition of Dias da Industrias, the main annual EU event on industry, organized by the European Commission. This edition, which takes place for the first time in digital format, will focus on accelerating the double ecological and digital transition and changes in the global competitive landscape.