EU carmaker regions clamour for ‘just transition’ aid scheme

Euractiv | Jul 1, 2022 at 9:00 AM
  • With the 2035 ban on the production of new combustion engine cars almost set in stone, carmaker regions of the EU have banded together to demand a support mechanism to ease the transition, similar to that implemented for coal regions.
  • Regions from Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Austria and Slovakia banded together to call for a “European mechanism supporting a just, fair and successful transition for the European automotive and supply industry regions” and “dedicated additional budget headings”.
  • Unlike the coal regions, which had necessitated EU support by virtue of their relative poverty and oftentimes economic isolation, automotive regions are some of the EU’s wealthiest.