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Flying beyond 2020: EU Aeronautics Conference 4.0

Airbus is the European leader and a global player in the aeronautics industry. How can we continue this success story? On 5 December 2018, the European Parliament is hosting this year’s key event to answer this question. Gathering over 300 participants, including Commissioners, Members of the European Parliament, CEOs and experts, the EU Aeronautics Conference 4.0 will set the scene for tangible conclusions that will inspire future political initiatives.

Decision-makers meet CEOs

The EU Aeronautics Conference 4.0 will bring some of the most high-level EU decision-makers together, including Commissioners Maroš Šefčovič, Elzbieta Bienkowska, Günther Oettinger and Violeta Bulc, as well as numerous Members of the European Parliament. Participating MEPs include the President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani and Monika Hohlmeier, the Chair of the Parliament’s Sky and Space Intergroup which hosts the conference in cooperation with ASD. Airbus CEO Tom Enders is among the keynote speakers.

Into the digital age

The conference focuses on the key questions facing the aeronautics industry: strong competition from the US and China, sustainability, and how to lead the aeronautical industry into the digital age. Among the experts is Jana Rosenmann, Head of the Unmanned Aerial Systems programme at Airbus. Airbus is at the forefront of leading Europe towards sustainable aviation with a long-term objective of zero-emission aviation.

Push for EU leadership in the face of global competition

Europe is a leader in the aeronautics industry. However, in light of increasing competition coming from the US and China, followed by current challenges such as Brexit, the EU needs a strong industrial strategy for the aeronautics sector.

Why does it matter? Because our industry guarantees high-tech employment, keeps the continent safe and secure, and grants the EU autonomy – the very things Europe needs to succeed in the 21st century.

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