Four Motors for Europe

Programme of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes presidency

The global aim of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes presidency of the Four Motors for Europe is to keep pursuing the transition towards Smart Regions, in accordance with the past policies. This ambition is developped in 3 main themes :

  • the digital transformation of industries
  • the transition towards a green economy
  • the development of Cultural and Creative Industries

Industry of the Future

The Industry of the Future is the name used for a new way of organising the means of production in order to make the industries smarter, lasting and more flexible. The digital transformation of industry is a major field of work for the Four Motors. For instance, the objective of Allianz Industrie 4.0 – a regional network created by Baden-Württemberg is to share the resources, production skills and ICT skills in order to help the transformation process of the businesses. In Catalonia, the Anella Industrial initiative develops infrastructure of telecommunications to reinforce the interconnection between the industrial sectors. In Lombardy a law dedicated to “Manufacturing 4.0” supports innovative approaches in industries. On June 15, 2016, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes launched a regional plan for the Industry of the Future to offer its businesses a support in their digital transformation.

The presidency of the Four Motors by Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is an opportunity to favor collaboration and prefer exchanges and joint-actions in the field of the Industry of the Future.

The transition towards a green economy

The fight against global warming is a major issue of the 21st century, a concern more and more pressing for the citizens that are waiting for solutions and proposals for action from the governments.The Regions of the Four Motors must meet this expectation. The Four Motors already are at the forefront with their work on environmental education, transportation alternatives, renewable energy and their pledge of environmental responsability. Since 2015, they have implemented actions against climate imbalance and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in which they promised to reduce GHG emissions and achieve a per capita annual emission goal of less than 2 metric tons by 2050.

The vocation of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Presidency is to take concrete actions regarding these international agreements.

The development of Cultural and Creative Industries

Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs) refer to the business sectors specialized in the creation, production, promotion and commercialization of goods, services and activities with a cultural or artistic content. CCIs belong to the economic branch of culture and are by nature dual : they are economic (they generate wealth and employment) and cultural (they participate in the promotion of cultural values and identities.

Today CCIs are fast-growing, they are a vehicule for growth, creating employments and contribute to the standing of territories.

In a difficult situation regarding employment, especially for the youth, it seems essential for the Four Motors to promote cultural and creative industries within the European Union and to support the development of artistic and cultural projects on their territories.