Industry  |  Events  |  06.03.2014

EU INDUSTRIAL POLICY: What role for the service sector?

The European Commission has been resolutely marching ahead with its plans for an industrial policy. These include, amongst others, a provisional target to raise the share of industry to GDP to 20% by 2020. But what role does the service sector play in an industrial strategy, especially with regards to the need for a transformation towards a resource efficient, low-carbon economy?

DATE: THURSDAY 6 March 2014 - 9:30 to 13:00
VENUE: European Parliament, Brussels, Room ASP A1G3 

With this conference, the Greens/EFA would like to take the opportunity to discuss the role of the service sector and the myriad of challenges it is facing, such as the drive for liberalisation. This is even more interesting in the context of the negotiations on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

There is going to be representatives of trade unions, governments, think tank and universities. The key note speech will be held by Frank Bsirske, chairman of the trade union on service industries in Germany.


  • Reinhard Bütikofer, MEP Greens/EFA 
  • Frank Bsirske, Chairman of the trade union on service industries in Germany (Ver.di) 
  • Andrew Sissons, Cities Policy Unit, Cabinet Office UK 
  • Prof. Dr. Jan Marco Leimeister, Universität Kassel 
  • Dr. Dorothea Voss, Hans-Böckler-Stiftung 
  • Reinhilde Veugelers, senior fellow at Bruegel 
  • Dr. Wolfgang Uellenberg - van Dawen, trade union on service industries in Germany (Ver.di) 
  • Penny Clarke, European Federation of Public Service Unions 
  • Oliver Röthig, UNI Europe

The conference is organised by the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament