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CARS 21 Final Report: Moving in the right direction, but lacking ambitious targets for Europe, says the FIA

Press Release
Brussels, 06 June 2012



                     Commissioner Tajani with the FIA President, Jean Todt at the CARS 21 meeting

“We can be proud of adopting a report which represents a positive vision of the automotive sector’s competitiveness in the 21st Century, and which takes many positive steps with regard to improving road safety and the lowering of emissions”, said the FIA President, Mr Jean Todt, following the adoption of the CARS 21 High Level report today in Brussels. Mr Todt said, “All stakeholders must work together to make sure our future mobility is safer, cleaner and more affordable for all.”
Mr Jacob Bangsgaard, Director General of the FIA Region I office in Brussels, regretting the absence of more concrete targets, said that any vision of the automotive sector’s future ultimately rests on consumer demand.  He singled out three areas where FIA Region I would like to see more progress:
eCall: “The European Commission’s impact assessment has said that eCall can reduce fatalities EU-wide by as much as 5%. The early, mandatory, introduction of eCall which allows for an open platform must remain an urgent priority for all.”
Improved Driver Training: “Apart from setting ambitious targets, we must not forget that important gains can be made through the improved training of drivers. For instance, it has been estimated that ecodriving can reduce road transport CO2 emissions by as much as 10 per cent. We can do more in this area.”
New Technologies: “The uptake of new technologies will be impossible without the support of the consumer. More needs to be done to raise awareness of new innovations underway, in particular in the area of life-saving eSafety technologies.”
Commenting on initiatives at the global level to improve road safety, the FIA President, Jean Todt, said, “We would like to see more ambitious road safety targets coming out of the CARS 21 Group in line with those set for the UN Decade of Action one year ago. We cannot forget that as many as 1.3 million people are killed on roads each year around the world and another 50 million injured. This is a global tragedy.”
He added, “Through the FIA’s Action for Road Safety campaign, the FIA is working with the support of our member Clubs to play our part in meeting the Decade’s ambitious goal to save five million lives on the world's roads in 10 years.”
Notes to the Editor:
Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA)
The FIA brings together 232 national motoring organisations from 134 countries worldwide and is the governing body for world motor sport.  The FIA’s primary goal is to secure a mobility that is safe, affordable, sustainable and efficient.
The FIA Region I Office represents 106 Touring and Motoring Clubs in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, which total more than 36 million members.  The FIA represents the interest of these members as motorists, public transport users, pedestrians and tourists. With these aims in mind, the work focuses on Road Safety, Consumer Protection, Environmental Protection, and the promotion of Sustainable Motoring.
The FIA Action for Road Safety campaign supports the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, an initiative that aims to stabilise and then reduce the number of deaths on the road. The goal is to save five million lives in 10 years and the FIA’s campaign has already received support from across the motoring and motor sport spectrum. For more information see:
CARS 21 Background Information
At today’s CARS 21 High Level Group meeting several Ministers, CEOs, Commissioners and other prominent stakeholders endorsed a final report which represents the EU’s strategy for the European automotive industrial sector in 2020 and beyond. Today’s report focuses on the actions needed to maintain a competitive manufacturing base in Europe and to ensure the development of sustainable technologies.
The CARS 21 High Level Group on the competitiveness and sustainable growth of the automotive industry in the EU was re-launched on 10 November 2010. It gathers prominent representatives of the EU Member States, other institutions, automotive industry, Trade Unions, NGO, users and the European Commission.
The CARS21 process is built on a three-level structure:
    * the High Level Group (Ministers, CEOs and Presidents of associations, etc.)
    * the “Sherpa” group responsible for preparing the input to the HLG
    * the Working groups, responsible for specific topics to be tackled at technical experts level.
The European automotive industry is a key sector for the European economy, providing over 12 million jobs and a positive contribution to the trade balance of around € 70 billion, which is essential for continued European prosperity.
More Information:
For more information please contact Niall Carty, Communications Manager, FIA Region I: (Tel: 0032 2 282 0812 or 0032 486 650 216).

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