On the 15th anniversary of the European Social Dialogue Committee for Shipbuilding and Ship Repair, the social partners – SEA Europe and industrial Europe – signed a joint memorandum Maritime Technology: A Strategic Sector for Europe and organised a high-level meeting at the European Parliament to discuss with policymakers about the future of the industry in Europe.
In words of Christophe Tytgat, Secretary General of SEA Europe “The adoption of this document comes in a vital moment for our sector with important challenges ahead: Increasing unfair trade practices in Asia targeting European niche products, the industrial revolution and the need to meet the environmental and energy goals of Europe and the ones imposed by the International Maritime Organisation”.
Oscar Gomez, Chair of the Social Dialogue Committee underlined that the document aims to be a wake-up call for policymakers. “It explains why Maritime Technology is a strategic sector for the sustainable, smart and inclusive growth of Europe and why Europe can´t afford to lose this industry”.
The document underlines the urgent need for Europe to put in place dedicated measures which can balance the trade market and the calls upon the EU to adopt a dedicated industrial policy for the sector.
Luis Colunga, Deputy General Secretary for industrial Europe said: “Workers’ demands to the EU are clear, we need a renewed European industrial policy for the sector with employees’ at its core. We need a more comprehensive EU maritime industries’ policy which ensures that EU policies and funds support workers in the shipbuilding and maritime technology sectors and their communities.” His request was underlined by Kjersti Kleven -Chair of SEA Europe- at the European Parliament: “A dedicated industrial strategy is a prerequisite to secure a bright future of the maritime technology sector”.Read the European Social Partners Manifesto: Maritime Technology, A Strategic Sector for Europe
Source: Netherland Maritime Technology