Industrial recovery plan must focus on climate, growth, jobs and research, MEPs say
On 24 April 2020, the Industry, Research and Energy Committee of the European Parliament had a debate on the follow-up to the EP resolution on the EU’s response to COVID-19, with Commissioners Gabriel and Breton. MEPs called for the EU recovery plan to be balanced across sectors and to strengthen Europe’s strategic autonomy on the global stage.
Commissionner for Innovation and Research Mariya Gabriel highlighted the many steps already taken by the European Commission against COVID-19. Concerning the recovery, she underlined three elements - R&I should be key to ensure sustainable and inclusive recovery; it should accelerate the digital and ecological transformation of society (Green Deal and digital), and public investments in R&I should be prioritised. She also considered that communication with citizens needed to be improved.
Public investment into research should be prioritised and not considered as as adjustment investment like it happened in the past, she said, referring to the Horizon Europe Programme. She also highlighted that Europe’s industry is at the forefront in the development of a vaccine, which should be made available not only for Europe but the whole world. MEPs also discussed the idea of a new Horizon Europe partnership on "pandemic preparedness and societal resilience" with Commissioner GabrielTOP