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22 May 2024

The Antwerp Declaration for a European Industrial Deal - over 1000 signatories

The Antwerp Declaration for a European Industrial Deal - over 1000 signatories


The future of Europe is made with industry. It’s time for a European Industrial Deal!


Brussels, 22 May 2024: Over 1000 organisations, including Concrete Europe, unite to call on EU Leaders to support the business case for investing in Europe with the European Industrial Deal.

The Antwerp Declaration, and its call for a European Industrial Deal, has seen a remarkable surge in support, having reached 1000 supporters from business leaders of companies, associations and Trade Union organisations representing 25 sectors across Europe, in an historic display of unity.

First presented by 73 industry leaders on 20 February at the European Industry Summit to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo, the rapid increase in signatures underscores the pressing need for concerted action in the face of unparalleled economic challenges.

Marco Borroni, Concrete Europe President, emphasised the urgent need for collaboration: "We need to enable our industry’s innovation capacity to develop climate solutions. Europe must remain a continent of industrial production and innovation, leading the way. The European industry needs to be supported by a plan to enhance competitiveness, simplify regulations, and fund clean technologies. That's why over 1000 organisations are urging the European Commission to prioritise the Industrial Deal in the European Strategic Agenda for 2024-2029.”

The European Council in April and the Competitiveness Council in May, the Letta and Draghi reports, the Clean Transition Dialogues, and the Antwerp Declaration all come together in a historic moment for industry in Europe.

The Antwerp Declaration serves as a wake-up call to decision-makers in Europe, laying out a widely agreed framework of ten key points outlining the need to address high energy prices, establishing common European infrastructure, secure raw material supplies, foster a smarter innovation framework, and stimulate demand for sustainable products. The declaration also advocates for a robust investment framework for technologies and calls for leveraging the single market to ensure businesses remain in Europe.

The Antwerp Declaration for a European Industrial Deal is now open to individuals who wish to express their support in a personal capacity.

For more information on and to join the growing coalition of supporters, visit antwerp-declaration.eu.