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Τhe reindustrialization of Europe, through the renewal of its manufacturing base and the enhancement of the competitiveness of the European industry, constitutes a major challenge for the E.U. during the last two years. A broad consensus regarding the basic course of action that needs to be taken and the importance of industry for the recovery of the European economy as well as the creation of new jobs and the attraction of new investments has been reached.
In January 2014, the European Commission presented a Communication by which it proposes the mainstreaming of competitiveness and, particularly, of industrial competitiveness, into all other relevant European policies, like single market, energy, environment, trade ect. The aim of mainstreaming of industrial competitiveness into other European policies, is to better take into account the impact of those policies on the European industrial competitiveness when planning new initiatives and implementing the legislation, so as to deliver sustainable growth and employment.
The European Council of October 2013 and The European Commission by its Communications, recognize the importance of a strong digital economy and the necessity of the digital transformation of the European industry for the creation of more jobs, improvement of productivity and strengthening of the competitiveness of European enterprises.
Our country recognizes the potential of the digital transformation of the European industry and considers it to be a favorable field for synergies amongst various policies, such as innovation, research, development of new technologies (e.g. key Enabling Technologies), clusters (similar enterprises of high technologysuch as microelectronics) and lastly regional policy, which works as a tool for the financing of the digitalization of industry. In addition, emphasis must be placed to small and medium enterprises, which, in general, lack access to knowledge, innovation and finance.