During an animated Meet-the-expert session, Benjamin Hartmann the Legal Adviser and Head of the Institutional Team at the European Political Strategy Center (EPSC) shared his views during the session entitled ‘EU’s Industrial Policy Post Siemens-Alstom’. The session was based on the European Commission’s decision taken in February 2019 to prohibit Siemens’ proposed acquisition of Alstom which has triggered a new phase in Europe’s ongoing debate on industrial policy. 

 

The ongoing technological revolution, as well as China’s rise, have increasingly raised concerns that Europe's tech industry risks falling behind. An ambitious and strategic European industrial policy holds the potential to be a key driver for growth.

 

“As far as competition policy is concerned, more can be done, particularly as regards public procurement. We need to find a balance between openness and protection”. Benjamin Hartmann