This Bruegel Institute publication is very interesting. I still have to read most of it but since the value-added in manufacturing is much higher than in services (in general), it seems quite a good idea to work hard on the ‘environment’ in which firms can prosper. And no, this does not mean rock-bottom tax rates.
The publication is apparently a reaction to this Communication piece from the European Commission (COM(2012) 582 final). It is likely most relevant for labour unions too.