Designing smart Industrial Policy
Rapid and structural changes in the global balance of political and economic power have prompted a debate in Europe on the need to modernise European industrial policy. Achieving greater strategic autonomy is a goal that is garnering widespread support in the EU, and one that the Dutch government endorses too, though it also stresses the importance of preserving an open economy. The future of European industrial policy is hugely significant for the Netherlands, not least because of the Dutch economy’s dependence on international markets, and the Netherlands’ strong industrial sector.
The government has asked the AIV to advise on how the Netherlands can best position itself in the EU debate on industrial policy. In its request for advice, the government also asks what the Netherlands’ stance should be towards international partners outside the EU. Lastly, the government asks the AIV to advise on whether the Netherlands needs to adjust its position on European industrial policy.