CEC Manager: The Finnish EU presidency – a remarkable approach for a future-oriented Union
On July 1st, 2019 Finland takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. In times of tougher global competition, protectionism, Brexit and climate urgency, the Presidency rightfully recognises that it is only by strategically mainstreaming sustainable leadership that future competitive advantages can be drawn. CEC European Managers welcomes the integration of the social dimension to the prospective EU’s industrial strategy, which shall include a strong sustainability and digital pillar. To enable acting upon these new priorities of the Union, the negotiations on the new Multiannual Financial Framework have to be concluded.
The recently published Presidency programme « Sustainable Europe – Sustainable Future » is in many regards remarkable. By recognising planetary (environmental) boundaries and social needs in an evolving world, the programme is the first strategic EU documents to identify business opportunities and design policy responses within such constraints. Furthermore, it offers a vision for an innovative and well-being oriented development of the EU’s economy instead of purely reacting to imminent threats and short-term challenges. If the EU is to become world leader in innovation, it indeed has to centre its efforts on the sustainable transformation of agriculture, manufacturing, the digital industry, research and innovation and the EU’s institutional framework.
If you want to know more about how CEC Manager think management has to evolve to put these political ambitions into practice, please check their Sustainable Leadership Guidelines.
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