Commission statement on the future of the car industry, plenary session of the EP
End production: 24/03/2009 First transmission: 24/03/2009
The Members of the EP debated the future of the car industry after hearing statements from the Commission. Ministers have expressed deep concern about the serious situation that the sector is facing at present, putting at risk a very significant number of jobs. In 2008 there were about 8% fewer cars sold in the EU than in 2007. The automotive sector with its 12 million jobs depending on this strategic industry has been hit particularly hard by the current economic crisis with new registrations down by 20% and gloomy expectations for 2009.
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|| Soundbite by Günter Verheugen, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Enterprise and Industry, (in GERMAN): it is not in the best interest of Europe for those manufacturers to go down; these car makers are responsible for 200,000 jobs in Europe; I do not agree with those who say that General Motors no longer being a European manufacturer would be a contribution for solving capacity difficulties;
there is no national solution to this problem, nor indeed is there a European solution; we must have a transatlantic solution, in a way which involves the parent company; because of that we must know what is going to happen in the US and in the meantime we don't;
the only solution we can have is one where on the market we have a viable competitive successor undertaking, we must have a solution which is justifiable and economic and not just in political terms.
|| Soundbite by Werner Langen, Member of the EP, (in GERMAN): we need to make it easier for the industry and for consumers to invest; there is no need to have further competitive pressure on the European industries so I think that we can launch our motion for a resolution and we should like to name specifically the specific case of General Motors as the socialists proposed, so that we can push the Commission a bit further, so that we can provide security for the workers.
|| Soundbite by Robert Goebbels, Member of the EP, (in FRENCH): we must safeguard this leading industry as strategic for the whole of the European industrial fabric; there are millions of jobs which depend directly or indirectly on it;
Europe must take its responsibility in this area; the EIB must be able to provide capital to support the restructuring of this sector and the thousand of sub contractors as well especially SMEs.
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