Organisation: European Commission
Position in the organisation: Deputy Director-General for Enterprise and Industry
Biography note: Mr Antti Peltomäki is Deputy Director-General of the Enterprise and Industry Directorate-General since February 2012. In this function, Mr Peltomäki is responsible for regulatory policy including internal market and standardisation, sustainable growth and EU 2020 which includes industrial innovation and mobility industries, textiles, chemicals, metals, mechanical, electrical industries, raw materials, tourism and key enabling technologies.
Before that, Mr Peltomäki was Deputy Director-General in the Information Society and Media Directorate General where he was firstly responsible for research cooperation in the context of the seventh research framework (2007-2013) and thereafter for regulatory policy in the telecommunications, media and internet fields.
Mr Peltomäki has also worked as Head of the Commission's representation in Helsinki in 2006 – 2007.
Prior to joining the Commission in 2006, Mr Peltomäki worked for almost ten years in the office of the Prime Minister of Finland, initially as State Under-Secretary, then State Secretary for EU affairs.
A lawyer by training, Mr Peltomäki began his career as a coordinator of international research and training courses at the Helsinki University of Technology.
Plenary Session P1 – “Innovation in European Manufacturing”
Industry is the cornerstone of our economy. Without industry, an economy loses its capacity to innovate and to create jobs. For each job in the manufacturing sector, an additional job is created in the related services sector. Manufacturing accounts for 75% of EU exports and for 80% of innovation. Therefore, the European Commission presented last year, its revamped strategy to boost industry and to reverse the manufacturing decline.
Innovation is also crucial for a sustainable reindustrialisation of Europe. Advanced manufacturing technologies are one of the priority areas for such investment. New technologies have the potential to change the industrial landscape and make Europe more competitive. Horizon 2020, the EU’s new research and innovation framework programme, will provide substantial funding opportunities along the whole innovation chain. Public-private partnerships such as Factories of the Future and SPIRE should ensure that R&D efforts follow the needs of industry.
But investment in R&D is not enough. Obstacles for the market uptake of advanced manufacturing technologies must be eliminated. Favourable framework conditions for innovation and growth will allow European industry to lead in our quest for an industrial revolution.
We must seize this momentum. Industrial policy is high on the European agenda as the September Competitiveness Council launched the political debate in the run-up to the February 2014 European Council on industrial competitiveness and growth.