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Stakeholder consultation on the CARS 21 mid-term review

THIS CONSULTATION IS NOW CLOSED - deadline for submission was Tuesday 9 September 2008

Stakeholder consultation on the CARS 21 mid-term review

1. Introduction

The original CARS 21 exercise concluded with the adoption of the CARS 21 High Level Group Final report pdf - 582 KB [582 KB] , which contained 18 recommendations aimed at increasing the worldwide competitiveness of the EU automotive industry and maximising the benefits for European society and industry through the development of a comprehensive regulatory approach to the automotive sector. The European Commission used the stakeholder inputs gained from the CARS 21 High Level Group in the development of the European policy approach to the automotive sector which was outlined in the Commission Communication on a Competitive Automotive Regulatory Framework (CARS 21 Communication) pdf български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) [84 KB] . This Communication put forward a set of actions to be undertaken in policy areas which interact with the automotive value chain.

The European Council followed up on the Commission Communication by adopting a set of conclusions on industrial policy and the automotive sector while the European Parliament reacted by issuing a report pdf - 214 KB [214 KB] on CARS 21.

The CARS 21 Communication set out that "the Commission will, together with all relevant stakeholders, conduct a mid-term review of the actions proposed in this Communication in the course of 2009 to monitor progress made, and, if appropriate, adapt the automotive regulatory framework on the basis of the results of this review." Similarly, the CARS 21 High Level Group Final Report referred to "a mid-term revision of the final recommendations and the roadmap in the course of 2009."

In line with the Commission's commitment to conduct a mid-term review, this consultation seeks input from stakeholders as part of the CARS 21 stock-taking and review process.

The Commission services have produced a consultation document pdf - 81 KB [81 KB] which outlines the main issues to be considered in the framework of the mid-term review.

Written contributions will play an important role in the mid-term review and comments submitted by stakeholders will provide a strong input for the drafting of the conclusions for the High Level Conference on October 15th (which will see a reconvening of the members of the original CARS 21 High Level Group) and for any subsequent follow-up by the European Commission.

2. Scope and objectives

The review has been divided into two sections both of which will be addressed by the conclusions. Part 1 is a straightforward topic-by-topic stock-taking of progress and developments in each individual policy area covered by the original CARS 21 exercise. It follows the framework set out in the CARS 21 High Level Group final report and in the Commission Communication on a Competitive Automotive Regulatory Framework.

Part 2 focuses on a few core subjects (energy and environment, globalisation and external competitiveness, better regulation) and is more conceptual and forward-looking. Its focus is more on identifying possible scenarios for the future, looking at how policy could respond and assessing which related issues should be investigated in more detail during the coming years. The onus of this section is on energy and environmental issues and the questions identified in Part 2 are intended as broad guidance. There are obvious overlaps between Part 1 and Part 2 in areas of environment, trade and better regulation and stakeholders may find it more convenient to consolidate their inputs for these areas into a single format.

3. Background

Both the Commission Communication and the High Level Group final report addressed a number of different policy areas which interact with the automotive industry. These two documents provide the basis for the mid-term review. The areas considered are:

  • Better Regulation and regulatory simplification;
  • Internal market;
  • Environmentally sustainable road transport;
  • Road safety;
  • Trade and overseas markets;
  • Research and Development and intellectual property;
  • Taxation, fiscal incentives and competition issues;
  • Restructuring.

The first aim of the mid-term review is to conduct a stock-taking exercise (primarily a backward-looking approach) of the areas which were considered by CARS 21, evaluate progress made and assess the state of play, and finally consider whether any changes may be necessary to the existing regulatory framework in the light of the experience and developments since the original CARS 21 High Level Group.

The second aim is to adopt a more forward-looking approach in selected policy areas and to discuss possible future directions in more detail. The second part of the review is directly linked to conclusions of the stock-taking exercise but it is expected that stakeholder inputs and discussions will be broader and more strategic in nature. The policy areas to which this approach will be applied are better regulation, integrated approaches to environment and road safety as well as trade policy.

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