European Industrial Policy – a Tool for a Green New Deal

International Conference – important update (04.12.)



Meeting point to enter the European parliament:
Agora Simone Veil, entrance ASP-building, at 3.30 p.m.

On the initiative of GUE/NGL and Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation Brussels in cooperation with transform!europe, this conference aims at bringing together partners from different member states such as: representatives of progressive parties in the EU and the US, trade unions, climate justice organisations and economists.


By the end of 2019 the European commission will present a new industrial policy strategy which will favour only the member states in the EU which have already big national champions such as Germany and France. And in the first hundred days the European commission will present its proposal for a “Green Deal”.

This is the time for the left to develop its own demands for a people’s centred green new deal and a left European industrial policy vis-à-vis the neoliberal commission’s approach. As GUE/NGL demanded in its position paper for new EU top job holders, we need a green planning at EU level with massive public investment to achieve a socially just ecological transition respecting the planetary boundaries.

Which are the means to achieve 100% renewable energy generation by 2050, public transport and local railways for rebalancing territories? How to finance refurbishment of housing to fight energy poverty? How and in which sectors can we create millions of urgently needed jobs to fight poverty and unemployment? How to change the European state-aid rules? How to use the European structural funds and the MFF? How to make sure that the European central bank and the European Investment Bank funds social-ecological transition? How to promote local and ecological agriculture with short food supply chains?

A radical left green new deal must be based on conversion of the defence sector, a care revolution, and international fair trade.


Conference Languages
English, French, German, Spanish

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Opening of conference by Manon Aubry (Co-President of GUE/NGL) (2 min)

Panel 1: Setting the scene – Industrial policy and the Green New Deal, Moderation by Cornelia Ernst, MEP, DIE LINKE (2 min)

·      Thea Riofrancos (USA), Assistant professor of political science (Providence College), Democratic Socialists of America, Steering Committee of the Ecosocialist Working Group (10 min)

·      Gianna Fracassi (Italy), Vice General Secretary, CGIL (Confederazione generale italiana del lavoro) (10 min)

·     Mark Nicklas, Head of Unit Innovation Policy and Investment for Growth, European Commission, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship (10 min)

Discussion (20 min)

Panel 2: A Left European industrial policy, Moderation by Manuel Bompard, MEP, France Insoumise (2 min)

·         Matteo Gaddi (Italy), member of the Board of Punto Rosso Cultural Association and of the Scientific Committee of Claudio Sabattini Foundation (10 min)

·        Tom Hill, Institute of Public Policy Research (10 min)

Discussion (20 min)

Coffee Break

Panel 3: A Green new deal for Energy, Transport and Buildings, Moderation by  Marc Botenga, MEP, Parti du Travail de Belgique  (2 min)

·         Raf Van Gestel, biochemist, Air Liquide (10 min)

·         Alba del Campo, activist in the field of energy transition (10 min)

·         Magdalena Sikorowska, EFBWW, The European Federation of Buildings and Woodworkers

·         Yves Marignac, spokesman of the association négaWatt (10 min)


·         Stephan Krull, Coordinator of Working group on transport policy of the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung (10 min)

·        Vera Weghmann from the Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU) at the University of Greenwich (10 min)

Discussion (20 min)

Panel 4: Conclusions
Opening of concluding panel by Sira Rego, MEP, Izquierda Unida

20:00 End of conference