The former Prime Minister, appointed by the European executive to draw up a report on competitiveness, participated in the European Commissioners’ seminar on Europe’s future priorities, which was held in Belgium. He spoke of the need, in the face of the progressive weakening of the European economy, to define a broad and detailed roadmap, which clearly identifies priorities, lines of action and policies to be implemented in the various sectors. Von der Leyen: “Thank you for the excellent exchange of views”
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The European Commissioners’ seminar on Europe’s future priorities was held today near Brussels, in the Belgian countryside. The meeting, chaired by Ursula von der Leyen, was also attended by Mario Draghi, tasked by the European executive with drawing up a report on one of the priority dossiers for Brussels: that of competitiveness. The former prime minister, his collaborators explained, spoke of the need – in the face of the progressive weakening of the European economy – to define a broad and detailed roadmap, which clearly identifies priorities, lines of action and policies to be implemented in different sectors.
During the meeting with the EU Commissioners, according to what was learned from Draghi’s collaborators, the former prime minister therefore proposed a brief overview of the dynamics that have determined current scenarios and prospects for European competitiveness. In his brief introduction to the seminar, Draghi observed how, starting from 2016, we have witnessed a series of new and relevant facts for Europe in the most diverse fields, from the election of Donald Trump to the forceful emergence of the green transition in agenda of governments and organizations, until the advent, much faster than expected, of artificial intelligence. In this context, Draghi noted, the European economy has recorded a progressive weakening, losing momentum and ceding centrality in supply chains, to the benefit of other countries such as the United States and China. The war in Ukraine, he added, has only confirmed the fragility of the Old Continent, not only from an economic point of view but also in terms of a geopolitical model. For this reason, Draghi said, there is a need to define a broad and detailed roadmap, which clearly identifies priorities, lines of action and policies to be implemented in the various sectors. The identification of these paths, he explained, can only be based on an accurate analysis of the data. This is why the report on European competitiveness, he added, will be as open an exercise as possible: open to listening to all relevant stakeholders, open to contributions from all those interested in making them, open to the search for incisive and ambitious solutions .
The seminar was held in a location south of Brussels. Draghi, after a brief introduction, listened to ideas and opinions from the European Commissioners. The report of the former Italian prime minister will be delivered only after the European elections and will therefore be one of the tools that the new Commission will have in its hands. “Dear Mario Draghi, thank you for the excellent exchange of views we had today with the Commission on competitiveness”, wrote the President of the EU Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, on X. With Draghi, added von der Leyen, we talked about the many challenges and political aspects of the issue. “We await your report – concluded the president of the EU Commission – to help us carry forward the debate on how to strengthen the EU economy”.