ETRMA joins ‘urgent call’ to stimulate European auto industry
19 Sep 2023
Joint letter by automotive groups calls for "robust industrial strategy", scale-up of "zero emissions market"
Brussels – The European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers’ Association (ETRMA) has joined an ‘urgent call’ to transform and enhance the competitiveness of the European automotive industry.
In a letter to the president of the European Commission (EC), along with seven other signatories from the automotive value-chain, ETRMA called for prioritising six ‘key action’ to stimulate the industry.
The 6 Sept letter urged the EC to develop a “robust industrial strategy”; scale up a European zero-emission market and battery value-chain and ensure a stable and coherent regulatory environment for the sector.
Furthermore, the Commission was urged to: enhance “the skills agenda” and the “Just Transition framework”; improve transport affordability; and ensure “a global level playing field” for the European automotive industry.
The letter signatories described China provided as “a telling example” of a targeted industrial strategy supporting “a globally competitive, domestic auto industry in electromobility.”
The US Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), added the industry bodies, also showed that a robust industrial policy framework can trigger “hundreds of billions in private investment.”
“The EU must develop a robust industrial strategy that guarantees a level playing field (outside and within the EU), provides a stable investment environment and fosters a competitive automotive industry,” they argued.
Indeed, the letter urged “a strong response to the US IRA to boost investment in the European battery value-chain and other components. Europe should reduce dependency on critical parts of the value-chain from third countries.”
The regulatory framework for batteries, drive-trains, recyclability, and circular economy “must be clear, coherent, and stimulate investment in Europe... and complemented with a robust hydrogen strategy."
According to the automotive industry groups, current “fragmentation” of the EU regulatory framework was creating “uncertainty that undermines investment and weakens market demand.”
The EU, therefore, should complete the “single market” including the recharging and refuelling infrastructure as well as electricity and remove barriers for cross-border trade.
Furthermore, the EC was urged to ensure that mobility is “affordable and sustainable” for all, while the industry is intensifying its efforts to produce affordable vehicles and services.
The signatories also called for diversification of the supply of raw materials in the EU as a “central pillar” of the region’s trade strategy.
This, it said, should include the ratification of existing trade agreements and the negotiation of raw-materials partnerships.
* The letter was signed by leaders of the ETRMA; European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA); Motorcycle Industry in Europe (ACEM); EU automotive dealers and repairs association (CECRA); European Tech & Industry Employers (CEEMET); Eureopean Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA); association for European automotive and industrial battery manufacturers (EuroBat) and IndustriALL trade union.