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10 November 2010

Commission re-launches CARS 21 high level group for a competitive and sustainable automotive industry
Commission re-launches CARS 21 high level group for a competitive and sustainable automotive industry

Today, the re-launched CARS 21 High Level Group meets for the first time in its new form and with a new mission. The European Commission has asked the group to develop a common action plan and a vision for "a competitive EU automotive industry and sustainable mobility and growth in 2020 and beyond." This will contribute to the EU strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, Europe 2020, to the flagship initiatives on resource efficiency and industrial policy and to the EU strategy for clean and energy efficient vehicles. To reach the objectives set out by the EU, the group has been enlarged to represent the various stakeholders whose involvement is crucial for the accomplishment of its mission. A report published by the Commission today shows that the industry is on track as regards the reduction of CO2 emissions from new cars (see link under more news below)


The focus of the group will be to advise the Commission in the development of an effective European industrial policy for the automotive sector and in the implementation of the EU's strategy for clean and energy efficient vehicles. Notably, CARS 21 will develop policy recommendations in questions related to the competitiveness and sustainable growth of the automotive industry, and proposals to further the development and take up of clean and energy efficient vehicles in Europe and beyond.

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Vice-President

Antonio Tajani

Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship

"The automobile industry is crucial for Europe as an economy and as a society. We need an ambitious and comprehensive strategy to foster its competitiveness and growth worldwide while ensuring sustainability. By bringing all relevant interests to the same table we will identify policies fit for the future."

Vice-President A. Tajani website

Vice-President Antonio Tajani - Commissioner for Enterprise & Industry
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European Commission proposes to ban phosphates in laundry detergents

 
European Commission proposes to ban phosphates in laundry detergents

The European Commission has proposed to ban the use of phosphates and to limit the content of other phosphorous containing compounds in laundry detergents. The draft Regulation aims to reduce the phosphates found in waste water and to improve water quality. regulate the phosphate content of these detergents in specific circumstances.

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Commission opens gateway to China for European small and medium size enterprises

 
Commission opens gateway to China for European small and medium size enterprises

Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European Commission has launched the Centre for European Union Small and Medium Enterprises (EU SME Centre) in Beijing on 5 November. Funded by the European Commission, this new venture will provide information, advice, training and matchmaking opportunities for European SMEs wishing to export to or invest in the Chinese market.

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The future of trade policy 2010-2015

 
The future of trade policy 2010-2015

In its discussion paper "Trade, Growth and World Affairs", the Commission analyses how trade is an engine for economic growth and job creation. It proposes a strategy to reduce trade barriers, to open global markets and to get a fair deal for European businesses. The overarching aim is to take a more assertive approach to ensure the benefits of trade reach European citizens.

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Climate change: Commission launches major investment programme for innovative low-carbon technologies

 
Climate change: Commission launches major investment programme for innovative low-carbon technologies

The initiative, known as NER300, will provide substantial financial support for at least eight projects involving carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies and at least 34 projects involving innovative renewable energy technologies. The aim is to drive low carbon economic development in Europe, creating new 'green' jobs and contributing to the achievement of the EU's ambitious climate change goals.

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