Building a more resilient Europe
Only by enabling and encouraging cooperation can we find the answers to our foreign dependencies and start building strategic autonomy, writes our French MEP Christophe Grudler (MoDem) in The Parliament Magazine.
On 5 May, the European Commission unveiled the long-awaited revision to its Industrial Strategy.
The original was published just before Europe plunged into the worst crisis of the 21st century. A new strategy was therefore essential; one that reflects on what we have learnt about our industry during this crisis, and one that addresses how we can rebuild our economy, which fell by 6.3 percent.
This is why, while the previous strategy offered a rather optimistic vision of a European future focused solely on its own internal transition, the motto of the new strategy is far less naïve: resilience.
The COVID-19 crisis was a wake-up call for Europe. It took the financial crisis of the late 2000s to understand that our Union is our best shield against economic shocks. Now, we are coming to the realisation that the EU will have to face much more, but at the same time that it can do much more. This is how we usually do it in Europe: when faced with unexpected – or long-ignored – challenges, we come together and find common solutions.
You can read the rest of the article in The Parliament Magazine.