Leipzig Alliance for Automotive Transition established
Declaration of 29 EU regions (including 8 from Italy) to safeguard endothermic engine production sites
The Leipzig Alliance, which aims to protect the economic systems and employment of the most
involved areas in the endothermic engine production chain through measures to accompany the
transition of the automotive sector, was officially established Thursday in the presence of EU
Commissioner for Labor and Social Rights Nicolas Schmit.
The Alliance includes 29 European automotive regions, including eight from Italy: Abruzzo, Basilicata, Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy, Molise, Piedmont, Tuscany, Umbria and Veneto.
In more detail, the Alliance calls for "the establishment of a European mechanism to support a fair and equitable transition of regions based on the automotive industry and its allied industries, in order to minimize disruptive effects on employment and improve capabilities and opportunities for technological upgrading, preserving global competitiveness in research, innovation and business decisions."
"All the representatives of the Italian regions," informs a statement released by Piedmont and Basilicata, "agreed with their European colleagues on the importance of workforce retraining and research and innovation, including through solutions based on the concept of technological neutrality, such as biological and low-carbon fuels, synthetic fuels and endothermic hydrogen engines, which are important alternatives in the context of protecting the production of internal combustion engines."
The position of the Italian regions, the statement added, "was unambiguous and will be, after sharing with the government, presented in the coming weeks to Parliament and the European Commission."
Commissioner Schmit agreed with the need to "safeguard and strengthen the automotive sector, also to protect hundreds of thousands of jobs."
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21 November 2022 - 19:57 CET