This study, requested by the ITRE Committee, provides a critical assessment of the 2017 EU industrial strategy and of the policy measures it comprises. Even though the EU industrial strategy is still a “meta- policy”, it successfully promotes a more integrated and innovative approach. However, it should more clearly identify mission-oriented strategic goals and mobilise the necessary effort and means to reach them.
The European Parliament has launched an open call for tender for a multiple framework service contract for the provision of external expertise. It is intended to support the work of the IMCO Committee by enabling it to order studies, in-depth analyses, briefings and workshops. It is divided into three lots: Lot 1: Internal Market (including the Customs Union and Public Procurement) Lot 2: Digital Single Market Lot 3: Consumer Protection (including Economic and Legal Aspects of Consumer Policy)
This in-depth analysis was prepared by Policy Department A at the request of the ITRE Committee. It compares 5G deployment in the EU with other leading economies – the USA, China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Singapore and Taiwan. On a range of indicators, the EU compares well. However, this is not a short-term race. 5G is more complex than previous wireless technologies and should be considered as a long-term project to solve technical challenges and develop a clear business case.