The Consultative Commission on Industrial Change (known by its French acronym of CCMI, Commission consultative des mutations industrielles) became part of the European Economic and Social Committee in 2002; therefore 2022 marks its 20th anniversary. The CCMI is the oldest EU body devoted to forecasting the future and accompanying the transition of industrial sectors. It succeeded the consultative committee of the ECSC (European Coal and Steel Community) created by the Treaty of Paris and was established as a distinct legislative commission within the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). While CCMI's core business is rooted in its historic mission, namely the analysis of industrial change in coal and steel, its remit has progressively been extended to embrace all industrial ecosystems, covering both manufacturing and services.
To celebrate this 20th anniversary, a conference will take place to reflect on how the EESC can best contribute to finding responses to the challenges that all European industrial sectors are facing to remain competitive, namely their adaptability to the green and digital transitions and the need to progress towards increased open strategic autonomy. The COVID-19 pandemic as well as the recent invasion of Ukraine have illustrated how essential those issues are. The conference will be an occasion to give voice to organised civil society, a key player in ensuring that these transformations take place in a just and fair way, leaving no one behind.