European partnership to better anticipate change in the automotive industry: press conference by Vladimír Špidla and social partners of the automotive industries (extracts)

Type: Report   Reference: I-055490   Duration: 10:18:20  Lieu:
End production: 05/11/2007   First transmission: 05/11/2007
The European Commission launched a new partnership with the EU automotive industry and its workers to help better anticipate and manage change in the sector. The initiative is a follow-up to the Restructuring Forum which took place in Brussels on 17 and 18 October and brought together the main industry and workers' groups in the sector. A new observatory will monitor developments in the industry, while the partners will exchange know-how on how to manage restructuring in a socially responsible way. The European automotive industry is one of the EU's main economic sectors. Over 12 million families depend on activities linked to automobile manufacture, including 2.3 million jobs directly within the industry and over 10 million in associated sectors. With a net trade volume worth 41.6 million Euros, the automotive industry is one of the EU's most dynamic export sectors.

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10:15:09 Title 00:00:04
10:15:14 Exterior view of the European Commission building 00:00:07
10:15:21 General view of the press room 00:00:05
10:15:26 Vladimír Špidla, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities (in FRENCH) saying that the automotive industry faces challenges and significant restructuring; this is why it is more important than ever to anticipate future changes; the EU wants to assist the evolution of its enterprises in a demanding competitive environment but this adaptation must take place in an acceptable social context; this partnership will be followed by a series of joint actions in the two coming years 00:00:39
10:16:05 Cutaway 00:00:06
10:16:11 Ivan Hodac, Secretary General of ACEA, (in ENGLISH) saying that they absolutely need to have better regulation; they need to have cost-effectiveness as guidelines for better regulation and they, as organisation and as industry, see as the first test-case the CO2 legislation which proposal is expected to come from the Commission shortly 00:00:21
10:16:32 Cutaway 00:00:06
10:16:38 Lars Holmqvist, CEO of CLEPA, (in ENGLISH) saying that they depend on technology in order to compete; they cannot compete on cost so they have to compete on competence; and they have to make sure that the educational system is up to standard because they are today meeting fierce competition even in the highly educated sector from new countries; since they are truly global industry they meet competition from all corners of the world; for the people who are working in this industry, the rapid change in technology also means that they need to continuously train those people so that they are competent, skilled and that they can handle the new technologies that they need to compete 00:00:48
10:17:26 Cutaway 00:00:05
10:17:31 Tony Murphy, Company Policy Director of EMF, (in ENGLISH) saying that anticipating this change requires two things; an effective social dialogue that must take place at all relevant levels within a company, through dialogue with the Unions or works Councils and European works Council representatives; also better anticipation of skills and employment needs, and a continuous effort to enhance employees' skills; social dialogue is the key; there is a need for serious adjustment regarding the way companies disseminate information that they have in their possession regarding the future of the company or the sector; there is also a need to review the restrictive way that the word "consultation" is understood; it is important to ensure that employees have their voice heard in the decision-making process 00:00:49
10:18:20 Cutaway 00:00:06
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