Putting the EU auto industry back on track post-COVID

The coronavirus crisis has shaken the automobile industry right across the EU, leading to production losses of more than 3.6 million motor vehicles so far (worth around €100 billion) and impacting over 1.1 million European workers at the peak of the crisis. Registrations of all vehicle types have collapsed, and car sales are forecast to be down by a historic 25% this year.

  • So how can we put the auto industry back on track in a green and sustainable way?
  • What is at stake for the EU and the millions of Europeans employed by the sector?

In order to get different viewpoints on these crucial questions, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) is holding an online conference on Tuesday 20 October, from 14.30-15.45.

Register now to learn first-hand from automotive CEOs Michael Manley (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) and Henrik Henriksson (Scania); Head of Commissioner Timmermans’ Cabinet, Diederik Samsom; leading industry analyst Colin Couchman (IHS Markit Automotive); and the German Minister for Economic Affairs, Peter Altmaier, about their insights on what is needed to reboot the industry.

You will also be able to take the unique opportunity to raise your questions and comments with the panellists during the live debate.


Moderator: Cathy Smith

  • A word of welcome
    • Eric-Mark Huitema, ACEA Director General
  • Reviving the market
    • Michael Manley, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles; ACEA President
  • Animated video
    • ‘The EU auto industry: Keeping Europe on the move’
  • Debate: “How to ensure both a strong and green recovery?”
    • Henrik Henriksson, CEO and President of Scania Group; ACEA Commercial Vehicle Board Chairman
    • Diederik Samsom, Head of Cabinet for First Vice-President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans
    • Colin Couchman, Executive Director Global Light Vehicle Sales Forecast, IHS Markit Automotive
  • View from the German EU Presidency
    • Peter Altmaier, German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy
  • Wrap-up
    • Eric-Mark Huitema, ACEA Director General


Any questions about the event? Just download our handy FAQ!

If you are still encountering any issues signing up for the conference, or connecting on the day, please don’t hesitate to contact our support officer at +32 2 738 73 59 or by e-mail at communications@acea.be.

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