Extracts from the press conference by Antonio Tajani on the adoption of “CARS 2020: Action Plan for a competitive and sustainable automotive industry in Europe”
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 08/11/2012 First transmission: 08/11/2012
On 8 November 2012, Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Industry and Entrepreneurship, gave a press conference in Brussels and unveiled the “CARS 2020: Action Plan for a competitive and sustainable automotive industry in Europe”, laying out a number of financing mechanisms for the auto sector.
The European Commission aims to support the automotive sector in dealing with current adverse economic situation in Europe, and ensure the industry’s competitiveness and sustainability by 2020.
In parallel, the Commission also proposed to address the immediate problems in the car sector. In response to a fall in demand on European car markets and plant closure announcements, the Commission will in November bring together car producers and trade union representatives and Ministers of Industry ahead the next Competitiveness Council to review measures for dealing with the present crisis in a co-ordinated way. The EU plan follows a series of recent closures of automotive factories across Europe, such as Ford plants in Genk (Belgium) and Southampton (UK).
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||Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Industry and Entrepreneurship, in Brussels at the press conference on CARS 2020 - Action Plan for a competitive and sustainable automotive industry in Europe (2 shots)
||Soundbite by Antonio Tajani (in FRENCH) saying that if Europe wants to reinforce its industry's competitiveness, it needs to maintain a world-class car industry, producing the most energy efficient and safe vehicles globally. This action plan is the response of the Commission to the current automotive crisis.
||Cutaway of the audience
||Soundbite by Antonio Tajani (in FRENCH) saying that Europe will win this global challenge by streamlining research and innovation and thus producing quality vehicles. Adding that the money available for the car industry in the future 2014-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) should be doubled up to € 2 billions.
||Cutaway of photographer
||Soundbite by Antonio Tajani (in FRENCH) saying that each plant closure is an injury to him. EU needs to develop a pro-European approach. This is the only way to further support and develop research and innovation, EU's competitiveness and the fight against climate change. Today's action plan is a political, economic and positive response by the European Commission to show that the automotive industry is vital for Europe's re-industrialisation and for getting out of the crisis.
||Cutaway of the audience
||Soundbite by Antonio Tajani (in FRENCH) saying that one of his duties is to fight against the delocalisation of the car industry out of Europe.
||General view of the audience