A Call for a Robust EU Maritime Industrial Strategy

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SEA Europe and industriAll Europe, representing the shipbuilding and ship repair sectors, have urged the next European Commission to establish a comprehensive EU maritime industrial strategy. This initiative aligns with the Antwerp Declaration for a European Industrial Deal, highlighting the necessity to strengthen Europe’s strategic industrial sectors amid global geopolitical shifts.

Reinforce Europe’s Industrial Sovereignty and Competitiveness:

Introduce requirements for strategic public procurement markets to favor European products. Narrow the price gap between European and Asian shipyards with financial incentives. Ensure EU financial instruments are used to support investments within Europe. Implement policies that create a favorable environment for the maritime industry to thrive.

Maintain Europe’s position as a global technology leader in the maritime sector. Foster innovation to tap into emerging markets.

Attract a Skilled Workforce

Make the sector more attractive to potential workers and promote the Maritime Technology industry. It Develops policies to manage changes in the maritime industries, ensuring access to quality training for all workers. Assist companies in upskilling and reskilling their workforce.

Emphasize the importance of skills development within the industry. Establish a group to discuss and develop policy recommendations. Encourage strong social dialogue and worker participation to build a sustainable and resilient maritime technology industry.

Statements from Key Leaders

Isabelle Barthès, Deputy General Secretary of Industry All Europe states that “The maritime technology industry can have a green and prosperous future, and there is a real opportunity for Europe to lead in this important field. European workers have a vital role to play in this respect. We urge policymakers to support the sector and its workers. Our call is for a sectoral industrial strategy for the maritime sector with a dedicated investment plan, subject to social conditionalities which ensure quality jobs and strong social dialogue.”

Christophe Tytgat, Secretary General of SEA Europe States, “Now is the time for action; the EU must issue as a matter of urgency a sectoral strategy for the maritime technology industry against the background of growing geopolitical tensions and uncertainties. By taking this urgent initiative, EU policymakers will safeguard and reinforce Europe’s industrial capabilities, strategic autonomy, defense, and technological leadership whilst tapping into the business opportunities offered by the twin green and digital transition and emerging markets. A resilient and well-supported industry will also foster job stability, empower Europe’s workforce, and drive economic growth and prosperity.”

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Source: seaeurope.eu