EACN partnership and European Commission evaluate potential future collaboration

Submitted by Borja Dapena G… on 08 July 2020

Clusters belonging to the EACN partnership had the opportunity yesterday to meet three representatives from the Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, in order to share with them our vision of the automotive sector and evaluate possible future collaboration.

For this aim, we took the opportunity to present them the results of the working groups which during the last months analysed how to support the automotive industry to overcome the current pandemic crisis and transform the challenges into an opportunity. The collaborative effort was focused on three main topics:

  1. Future panorama of the European automotive industry, led by Pôle Véhicule du Futur
  2. Cluster benchmark and services, led by North East Automotive Alliance
  3. Financial and HR impacts led by Automotive Cluster Serbia.

With these presentations, the European Commission could understand better our network’s point of view regarding the automotive industry situation and some of the actions we propose to carry out at a cluster level.

On the other side, the EACN partnership could have first-hand information about the EC industrial strategy, their main priorities, as well as the financial support which will be available at European level, included in the Recovery Plan already announced in May with a total budget of €1.85 trillion. The specific help addressed to the automotive industry will depend on the own Sector’s ambition, hence the importance of being in contact and collaborating with the European Commission.

At the end of the meeting the EACN partnership participated in a brainstorming session, suggesting possible actions to be carried out in the short, medium, and long term. These initiatives will constitute our Roadmap of collaboration, which plans to be ready in September 2020.

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