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LeaderSHIP 2015

Commission and European shipbuilders present work plan for future LeaderSHIP in shipbuilding competitiveness
The initiative launched earlier this year to ensure and further develop the competitiveness of the European shipbuilding and ship repair industry has reached a new milestone. After the establishment of a High Level Advisory Group for the LeaderSHIP 2015 initiative in January 2003 (see IP/03/120) work has progressed as planned and the Advisory Group now presents the results of its work in eight key areas crucial for competitiveness. In a booklet, entitled inLeaderSHIP 2015 ΠDefining The Future of the European Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Industryli published today, 30 concrete
recommendations in areas ranging from trade policies to industrial consolidation are made. Translating these recommendations into action will help ensure a prosperous future for European shipyards and marine equipment manufacturers. The work undertaken represents one of the first applications of the Commission™s renewed approach to industrial policy in a specific manufacturing sector, as requested by the European Council.
European Commissioner for Enterprise Erkki Liikanen, who chaired the LeaderSHIP 2015 Advisory Group, said: iaLeaderSHIP 2015 is an outstanding example of the results which can be achieved through stakeholders working together to promote the competitiveness of their sector. The initiative brought together a wide range of leading industry representatives, trade unions, MEPs and seven Commissioners whose policy briefs relate to shipbuilding. All areas that affect industrial competitiveness in the sector are addressed in the report and I am confident that we now have a clear and promising work plan for the future. LeaderSHIP can serve as an example for a targeted industrial policy that can also be applied to other sectors to tackle their specific challenges.
European shipbuilders continue to face serious problems in the market, with very low prices still offered by Far East competitors, despite much increased demand for certain shiptypes in 2003 and significant cost increases in particular in South Korea.
At the same time the market for cruise ships, a domain in which EU shipyards excel, still feels the effects of September 11 and the global economic downturn, and shows only weak signs of recovery.
LeaderSHIP 2015 comes at a crucial time for European shipbuilders, and it sets out the key challenges the industry is facing while offering concrete measures that will address the problems identified in a timely and realistic manner. Based on intense consultations with all stakeholders, LeaderSHIP 2015 shows the way forward for an important branch of the European manufacturing industries, in order to ensure technological leadership, to strengthen customer focus and to facilitate the move to more knowledge-based products, services and production methods.
The LeaderSHIP 2010 report

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