Paper – 25 actions for a successful restart of the EU’s automotive sector

The European automotive sector wants to contribute to a policy response to COVID-19 that ensures public health, minimises the impact on the economy and maintains a focus on the overarching objectives of our time: the digital and carbon-neutral society.

This paper, issued jointly by the four associations representing the EU automotive sector (ACEA, CECRA, CLEPA and ETRMA), lists 25 immediate and tangible policy recommendations. They are designed to help shape the political and regulatory response to the COVID-19 crisis, ensure the successful recovery of the economy at large and support a forward-looking restart of the automotive sector.

25 key policy recommendations

  1. Issue harmonised guidance on health and safety precautions for the workplace
  2. Exempt transport of goods from border closures and align border control measures
  3. Maintain the central source of information on border measures set up by the Commission
  4. Grant uniform exemptions for cross-border commuting and necessary travel
  5. Consider temporary flexibilities in competition rules
  6. Use the deferral flexibilities offered by the Union Customs Code
  7. Reopen dealerships and motor vehicle workshops as soon as possible
  8. Introduce immediate vehicle renewal schemes for all vehicle categories across the EU
  9. Reinforce national renewal schemes with direct EU funding
  10. Direct EU funding tools at targeted public procurement of new vehicles
  11. Start the announced pilot for charging and alternative fuels infrastructure without further delay
  12. Speed up and facilitate investment in next-generation digital infrastructure
  13. Postpone all non-essential public consultations by at least 2 months.
  14. Assess the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on industry-relevant legislation
  15. Restart the type approval process as quickly as possible
  16. Enforce EU market surveillance of applicable legislation
  17. Propose ambitious Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive amendments already in Q3 2020
  18. Speed up legislative proposals to support uptake of low carbon and low pollutant fuels
  19. Reflect “Just Transition” and the Covid-19 recovery in the Skills Agenda
  20. Speed up the regulatory work on Digitalisation of Transport
  21. Ensure an ambitious Horizon Europe budget to support climate-neutral road transport system
  22. Enhance innovation-focussed public procurement in transport and mobility through ESIF
  23. Extend the EIB future mobility initiatives to fund innovation
  24. Support up- and re-skilling of the labour force
  25. Rapidly establish a sectoral Skills Pact for the automotive sector


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