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Cars 2020: Åtgärdsplan för en konkurrenskraftig och hållbar bilindustri i Europa

Opinion Number: CDR 1997/2013
Rapporteur: BUCHMANN Christian
Commission: ECOS-V
Status: Adopted
Date: 08/10/2013

- notes that the difficulties experienced by the car industry in many Member States are connected with structural causes that require far-reaching changes;

- stresses the importance of exploiting every opportunity at local and regional authority level. These include, depending on their competences within each country, the reduction of red tape, the acceleration of approval procedures, (re)training measures, the establishment of skill and innovation centres, and calls for tender for innovative projects;

- points to the opportunities afforded by funding for research and development projects or the establishment of clusters. In some regions, "car clusters" are being developed into "mobility clusters", by involving rail systems and air travel and even bicycles – in particular e-bikes and bicycles with ancillary electric motors (pedelecs). Through diversification, it has been possible to maintain capacity utilisation, even in times of crisis. This trend can be encouraged, particularly through synergies in innovation and technology;

- warmly welcomes the European Commission's approach of setting up a high-level group of experts tasked with observing the implementation and fine-tuning of the action plan, and welcomes the involvement of the Committee of the Regions in its work;
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