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Competitive Automotive Regulatory System for the 21st century

As part of the Commission's modern industrial policy, the CARS 21 (Competitive Automotive Regulatory System for the 21st century) process, which was initially launched in 2005, aims to make recommendations for the short-, medium-, and long-term public policy and regulatory framework of the European automotive industry. This framework enhances global competitiveness and employment, while sustaining further progress in safety and environmental performance at a price affordable to the consumer.


At the end of 2010, the Commission decided to re-launch the CARS 21 High Level Group, which was originally set-up in 2005, as a follow-up of the Commission Communication "European strategy on clean and energy-efficient vehicles", adopted on 28 April 2010. The objective of the Group was to make policy recommendations to support the competitiveness and sustainable growth of the European automotive industry.

The Group included seven Commissioners, nine Member State representatives, and a broad and balanced group of stakeholders (including industry representatives and NGOs), and adopted its Final Report pdf - 903 KB [903 KB]  on 6 June 2012. This Report presents the Group’s consensual view on the strategic vision for the automotive sector in 2020 and sets out specific recommendations on a number of relevant policy areas.

The work continues in the context of CARS 2020.

CARS 21 Working Groups meetings

The four CARS 21 Working Groups met a total of 18 times in 2011 and 2012. The presentations given at the meetings are available:

CARS 21 High Level Group meetings

Second meeting - 02.12.2011

The second meeting of the High Level Group took place on 2 December 2011. Press release: CARS 21 Group calls for action to keep auto industry fit

First meeting -10.11.2010

The re-launched CARS 21 High Level Group met for the first time on 10 November 2010. Press release: Commission re-launches CARS 21 high level group for a competitive and sustainable automotive industry

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