Minister Altmaier is meeting in Berlin today with the ambassadors of the EU Member States and accession candidates. The focus of the meeting is on trade policy issues and Europe’s future industrial policy.

Minister Altmaier stated: “It is time to develop a new industrial policy in the EU. This includes a revision of European competition law. We need to create the conditions in Europe for a European platform economy to emerge, grow and succeed on a global scale. Our ambition has to be to see the development of platforms like Google, Amazon and Alibaba in Europe. It is therefore important that obstacles which stifle innovation are not put in the path of new business models.”