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Earlier this month, I came back to the ACEA offices in Brussels after a fruitful trip to Asia, which included stops in Singapore, China and Japan. One of the reasons for this visit was to celebrate the 15th anniversary of our Beijing office, which is one of ACEA’s major success stories in my view. But… » read more

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One of my first official duties as the new Director General of ACEA was signing a joint statement with Hydrogen Europe and the IRU earlier this month. In this call to action, we urge the next European Commission and recently-elected Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to create the right framework to support the deployment… » read more

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China and the European Union are the world’s number one and two car markets. Together they account for half of all passenger cars sold and built around the world. Moreover, the two regions are emerging as the major global regulatory powers, setting ambitious standards and targets for tomorrow’s vehicles. That is why we at ACEA… » read more

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Europe’s automobile industry will face some fundamental challenges this year. These include the looming prospect of a no-deal Brexit, the ever-present threat of US tariffs on car imports from the EU, as well as meeting stringent CO2 targets – both those for 2020 and the recently-agreed post-2020 targets for cars, vans and trucks. Given the… » read more

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Later this week, EU member states are expected to adopt their common position on the EU’s first-ever CO2 standards for heavy-duty vehicles. Ahead of that Council meeting, I would like to call on the 28 national governments to strike the right balance between environmental objectives and the competitiveness of Europe’s truck industry. It goes without… » read more

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According to the latest statistics published by the European Commission last month, EU road fatalities have been reduced by more than half since 2001, from 54,900 just after the turn of the century to 25,260 in 2017. By contrast, the number of passenger cars on Europe’s roads increased from just over 200 million to 259.7… » read more

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As everyone is all too aware, the date for Brexit is just around the corner and a withdrawal agreement is yet to be concluded. Without an agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, there simply can be no negotiations on the nature of the future trading relationship. Nor will there… » read more

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