The aim of the seminar should be to define the role of regions in shaping a holistic industrial strategy for the EU, particularly with regard to innovation, digitalisation and global competition. Through a smart, sustainable and inclusive industrial policy, innovative ecosystems are to be promoted in the regions, entrepreneurship encouraged, and jobs created.
Regulatory barriers will need to be dismantled, sustainability ensured, European technological sovereignty preserved and fairness achieved in global competition. To this end, the experience and knowledge of the regions and their proposals for a future EU industrial strategy are indispensable.
The example of Saxony can be used to demonstrate the progress made towards “Industry 4.0” in the fields of microelectronics, e-mobility, material efficiency/resource technologies and advanced manufacturing.
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Markus Reuter, Director-Helmholtz-Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology, will make reference to the MIREU and REMIX projects in his lecture 'No growth without raw materials: Europe must maintain and develop production and recycling technologies' at the ECON External Seminar in Dresden on 2-3 May 2018.