Dealing with industrial change is one of the key challenges of the 21st century. Ongoing economic and social development is taking place in all fields of activity, often linked to the impact of globalisation. While traditional sectors – such as heavy manufacturing – decline, fresh innovations encourage the growth of emerging sectors in greener and knowledge-based industries.
At European level, the vast majority of socio-economic players, including both employers and trade unions, agree on the need for a proactive approach. Anticipating and adapting to change means that, wherever possible, new sustainable technologies can be introduced, enterprises restructured, and jobs saved.