Competitiveness & CARS 21
A competitive automotive industry contributes to the strategic objective of the EU to work towards creating long-term prosperity in Europe through sustainable and dynamic growth. This objective is further defined in the Commission's modern industrial policy and the Europe 2020 growth strategy.
These strategic orientations with respect to the automotive industry were translated and formulated into policy and regulatory actions.
In 2010, the Commission established a European strategy on clean and energy efficient vehicles. The strategy proposed the European action in the areas where it can have distinct value added and complement the actions taken by the industry, national and regional public authorities. These actions aim at improving the environmental performance of vehicles and at the same time strengthening the competitiveness of the EU automotive industry.
In 2010-2012, the CARS 21 high Level Group has been in operation, gathering the key stakeholders of the automotive industry. The Group delivered its Final Report [903 KB] in June 2012 containing a number of recommendations for policies further boosting competitiveness and sustainability of the EU automotive industry.
On the basis of CARS 21 recommendations, the CARS 2020 Action Plan was adopted by the Commission in November 2012 presenting actions in the fields of promoting the innovation and advanced technologies, improving market conditions, global competitiveness and anticipation of change. Implementation of the Action Plan will be monitored by the CARS 2020 Expert Group.