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CARS 21 final report

THIS CONSULTATION IS NOW CLOSED - deadline for submission was 28 April 2006

Consultation of interested stakeholders on the cars 21 final report

Consultation results

1. Introduction

On 13th January 2005 Vice-President Verheugen announced the launching of the CARS 21 ("Competitive Automotive Regulatory System for the 21st century") high level group of key stakeholders in the automotive sector to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the competitiveness of the European automotive industry. The objective of the CARS 21 group was to make recommendations for the short, medium and the long term public policy and regulatory framework for the European automotive industry to enhance global competitiveness and employment while sustaining further progress in safety and environmental performance at a price affordable to the consumer.

The Group's deliberations were conducted during 2005 and the Group adopted its final report pdf - 582 KB [582 KB] on 12th December 2005. The final report puts forward a number of recommendations to improve the competitiveness of the European automotive sector. Areas covered by the report include:

  • Regulatory simplification and better regulation
  • Environment
  • Road Safety
  • Trade
  • Research and Development
  • Taxation and fiscal incentives
  • Intellectual property

2. State of Play and Next Steps

As a follow-up to CARS 21, the Commission is currently preparing a Communication to the European Parliament and Council on the competitive automotive regulatory framework for the 21st century. The Communication is expected to present the conclusions of CARS 21, put forward the Commission's interpretation of these conclusions and indicate a series of actions, which the Commission intends to take in order to improve the competitiveness of the European automotive industry. The Communication is expected for the 3rd quarter of 2006.

3. Scope and Objectives

This consultation seeks to gather the views of all interested parties on the CARS 21 final report and its recommendations. The purpose of this exercise is to receive feedback on CARS 21 for consideration by the Commission prior to the finalisation of the Communication.

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