Manufacturing matters to the EU: it employs over 34 million people, it accounts for three quarters of EU exports and it provides over 80% of EU private sector R&D expenditure.
The European Forum for Manufacturing helps to provide European political leadership for the development of multilateral public policies addressing the economic, social and environmental challenges facing manufacturing globally.
The purpose of the EFM is to help ensure that Europe remains a leader and benefits fully through enhanced global competitiveness, social progress and environmental responsibility.
Its objectives are pursued through a continuous programme of Roundtable debates, focused around three broad priorities:
EU policy and legislative agendas as they impact on manufacturing, its technologies, markets, sectors and stakeholders
Partnerships with other international communities of interest in the development of research and innovation for manufacturing technologies
Long-term future trends for European manufacturing industry and society
It is a non partisan, cross-party and pan-European platform for the exchange of information, the identification of key issues for the industry involving leading people working in this key EU sector.
CALL TO ACTION
“Manufacturing has a vital role in securing Europe’s prosperity … Politicians don’t create jobs. But we can create the right framework for industry to thrive.”
Former European Commission Vice President Verheugen, opening the first EFM Roundtable in the 2009 European Parliament