With 12 million sector-related jobs the automotive industry is vital for Europe's prosperity and job creation. The EU needs to maintain a world-class car industry, producing the most energy efficient and safe vehicles globally and providing high-skilled jobs to millions. To make this happen, the European Commission tabled in November 2012 the CARS 2020 Action Plan aimed at reinforcing this industry's competitiveness and sustainability heading towards 2020.
Public hearing on the implementation of the CARS 2020 Action Plan - 14.02.2014
A public hearing on the implementation of the CARS 2020 Action Plan took place on 14 February 2014 in Brussels. By means of this public hearing the Commission seeked to engage sector stakeholders and report on the progress implementing the Action Plan commitments taken by the Commission, including the work of the various Working Groups pertinent to the interest of the European automotive sector. In addition, the event provided an opportunity to discuss any other aspects of the policy that may further contribute to the preparation of the Final report that the Commission services intend to present for adoption during the High Level Group meeting in March 2014.
Expert Group CARS 2020
In line with the CARS 2020 Action Plan, the Commission has launched a new Expert Group CARS 2020. This Group will, by providing a stakeholder forum for discussion and strategic advice, aim at ensuring that the measures set out in the CARS 2020 Action Plan are implemented and that the appropriate follow-up is given to the key recommendations of the CARS 21 Final Report. The overarching mission statement of the CARS 2020 Group to ensure competitiveness, sustainability and healthy manufacturing base of the automotive industry in Europe remains unchanged.
- Terms of Reference of the CARS 2020 Expert Group [69 KB]
- Composition of the CARS 2020 Expert Group [70 KB]
- Indicative calendar of CARS 2020 meetings [62 KB]
Preparatory Sherpa meeting - 25 February 2013
Second Sherpa meeting - 20 September 2013
Third Sherpa meeting - 9 December 2013
Working Group meetings
Working Group on Economic Situation, Industrial Change and Social Issues - 25 March 2013
Working Group on Internal market - 30 April 2013
Working Group on Clean Vehicles, Electromobility and Alternative Fuels - 27 May 2013
Working Group on Trade and International Harmonisation - 2 July 2013
Working Group on Clean Vehicles: Towards low polluting and energy efficient vehicles - 6 September 2013
Working Group on Internal market - 21 October 2013
Working Group on Trade and International Harmonisation - 22 November 2013
Working Group on Trade and International Harmonisation - 30 April 2014
Key achievements in implementation of CARS 2020 Action Plan
Reform of the UNECE 1958 Agreement
In the area of trade policy the CARS 2020 Action Plan has identified the acceptance of international vehicle regulations established under the UNECE 1958 Agreement as the best way to remove non-tariff barriers to trade. Agreeing on common regulations with other major markets around the world offers in addition the benefits of lower compliance costs and economies of scale.
In order to achieve a wider acceptance and application of these international vehicles regulations, the UNECE 1958 Agreement has to be modernised to accommodate the needs of countries with emerging automotive industries and markets. The overall objective of this reform is promoting the principle of mutual recognition of certificates ("tested once, accepted everywhere"), whilst at the same time ensuring and maintaining the highest levels of safety and environmental performance.
Therefore, and as a matter of priority the Commission has announced in the CARS 2020 Action Plan that it will steer the development of a first proposal for the reform of the 1958 Agreement.
To meet this commitment, the Commission has taken the leadership of a UNECE/WP.29 task force in charge of preparing such a proposal with a view to achieving the two major objectives of the reform process: increasing the attractiveness of the 1958 Agreement and ensuring that it remains fit and robust to face successfully future challenges and developments in the continuingly changing global automotive market.
These draft proposals have been presented to and welcomed by WP.29 in March 2013 and are setting out a clear direction and high level of ambition for finalising this important reform process within UNECE/WP.29 at the latest by 2016.
Press release [65 KB] - 12.03.2013