European auto makers welcome constructive EU-US trade talks
Brussels, 26 July 2018 – The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) welcomes yesterday’s constructive dialogue between the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, and US President, Donald Trump.
“Our industry thrives best in an environment without trade barriers. Yesterday’s agreement to initiate bilateral negotiations that seek to reduce tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade on industrial goods is a step in the right direction towards de-escalating trade tensions and addressing a trade-positive agenda,” stated ACEA Secretary General, Erik Jonnaert.
“Of course, there is a long way to go, and a lot of issues still need to be worked out,” Jonnaert cautioned. “However, we remain confident that the outcome will be positive for the EU and US economies as well as consumers on both sides of the Atlantic.”
EU-US auto-related trade currently accounts for some 10% of total trade between the two regions. Auto manufacturers active in both Europe and the US are global players with interests in both regions.
- The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) represents the 14 major Europe-based car, van, truck and bus makers: BMW Group, DAF Trucks, Daimler Truck, Ferrari, Ford of Europe, Honda Motor Europe, Hyundai Motor Europe, Iveco Group, JLR, Mercedes-Benz, Renault Group, Toyota Motor Europe, Volkswagen Group, and Volvo Group.
- Visit www.acea.auto for more information about ACEA, and follow us on www.twitter.com/ACEA_auto or www.linkedin.com/company/ACEA/.
- Contact: Cara McLaughlin, Communications Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, +32 485 88 66 47.
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About the EU automobile industry
- 13.0 million Europeans work in the automotive sector
- 11.5% of all manufacturing jobs in the EU
- €374.6 billion in tax revenue for European governments
- €101.9 billion trade surplus for the European Union
- Over 7% of EU GDP generated by the auto industry
- €59.1 billion in R&D spending annually, 31% of EU total