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REWATCH OUR EVENT! - In a new era marked by climate disruptions, geopolitical conflicts and economic tensions, fundamental questions arise: do we still need industry in Europe? Or can the EU rely solely on fragmented value chains for its strategic autonomy? As the EU strives for peace, prosperity and security for its citizens in the next five years and beyond, can it afford to depend on third countries for critical clean technologies essential to the green transition? 

Consider nickel, lithium, ferrous scrap, steel, renewables, hydrogen, batteries, electric vehicles, high tech machineries, defence and medical equipment, transportation and energy infrastructure, and more. Though seemingly disparate, all these components share a vital link: each is integral to a unified value chain, wherein the strength of the whole hinges on the resilience of its individual parts.

Can the EU’s resilience be imported or only come from within?

Join this EUROFER Conference to discuss thought-provoking questions with high-level EU representatives and policymakers tasked with aligning industrial policy to the green transition, CEOs, business leaders and leading researchers, representing the entire manufacturing value chain - from raw materials and steel to renewables and automotive.

At a crucial time just before the commencement of a new EU cycle, panellists will exchange views on:

  • The urgent need for a new industrial policy ensuring a robust business case for decarbonisation investments in the EU across the full value chain;
  • The key ingredients to maintain European industry’s competitiveness on global markets, starting from access to affordable clean energy;
  • The critical role of robust trade measures to tackle overcapacity, ensure a level playing field and avert deindustrialisation.

Date and time

Tuesday, 9 April 2024 | 15:00-16:30 Conference (in-person & online) | 16:30-18:00 Get-together & bubbles (in-person)

The venue


The EUROFER Conference "The Future of EU Industry: value chain resilience or dependence" will take place in Brussels, at TownHall Europe. For those unable to attend in person, a livestreaming upon registration will be provided with the support of our media partner EURACTIV. In-person participants will receive a confirmation email for physical attendance from EUROFER. Online participants will receive the conference link and connection details from EURACTIV.


The Conference is a unique opportunity to exchange views with CEOs and high level representatives of steel companies, EU institutions, Permanent Representations and other stakeholders, including journalists, think thanks, academia, NGOs, trade unions, and industry representatives in particular from renewables, energy, clean tech and steel value chain sectors.


On this occasion, we will count on the presence of:

  • Maroš Šefčovič, Executive Vice President, European Commission
  • Cristian-Silviu Bușoi, Member of the European Parliament, Chair of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy
  • Kurt Vandenberghe, Director General, DG Clima, European Commission
  • Henrik Adam, Vice President of Tata Steel and Chairman of the Board of Tata Steel Netherlands Holding, EUROFER President
  • Timoteo Di Maulo, CEO, Aperam
  • Sigrid de Vries, Director General, European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA)
  • Wadia Fruergaard, Senior Director, Head of Policy Positioning & Public Funding, Vestas Wind Systems
  • Peter Tom Jones, Director KU Leuven Institute for Sustainable Metals and Minerals

The discussion will be moderated by:

  • Ms. Mariam Zaidi, EURACTIV

Stay tuned! More speakers to be announced soon.


14:30-15:00   Registration (in-person)

15:00-15:10   Welcome address

15:10-15:25   Key note speech

15:25-16:25   Panel discussion: "Building EU's Resilience: How to secure manufacturing value chains".


16:25-16:30   Closing Remarks

16:30-18:00   Networking Cocktail (in-person only)

Published: 21 February 2024. Most recent update: 25 April 2024.

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