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The Competitiveness of the European Automotive Sector The view of the European Commission
End of October this year, a representative from the European Commission made at speech during a plenary session at the European Parliament in
The Commission’s Assessment
The economic downturn of the last few years has resulted, amongst other things, in a lower GDP growth rate, an associated reduction in automotive sales and a general decrease in consumer confidence. The consequence is a very challenging operating environment for the automotive sector in the EU.
The European Commission reaffirmed the importance of the automotive sector in
The Commission therefore believes that change must take place to reflect the need for innovation (i.e. better regulation). How to achieve that will be the responsibility of the new Commission that took office on
The High Level Group Report
The High Level Group report, entitled “Facing the Challenge”, is an analysis of the Lisbon Agenda which was meant to turn the European Union into the world’s most competitive economy by 2010. Overall, the report criticizes the Member States for not doing enough to promote the Lisbon Agenda, as the High Level Group believes that it is not nearly enough or as much as had been expected halfway through.
The report provides a good overview of achievements and under-achievements. For example, the employment rate raised from 62.5 per cent in 1999 to 64.3 per cent in 2003 and overall female employment rose considerably too. However, 'net job creation' stopped in 2001 and that target of 70 per cent employment rate by 2010 is seen as a difficult objective to reach.
Despite the overall negative tone, the report rejects proposals for the 2010 deadline target to be lifted. Whilst the EU should not become a “copy-cat of the
The High Level Group believes that an ambitious and broad reform-agenda needs a clear narrative: ‘all member states have to take ownership of
Support from JAMA
JAMA welcomes the finding of the study as well as the assessment of the European Commission on the status of the European automotive sector and the need to improve its competitiveness by providing a more favourable operating framework.
JAMA and its members, who today operate a total of 18 production plants and 15 R&D centers in the EU, are committed to contributing to the sustainable development of the automotive industry in an enlarged
 The European Council called on the Commission and Mr Wim Kok to set up a High-Level Group of Independent Experts, who reflect the different stakeholders in the