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Brussels, 7th April 2005

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First meeting of “CARS 21” group

On Monday, 11 April, the recently set up high level group “CARS21 (Competitive Automotive Regulatory System for the 21st Century)” will meet for the first time in Brussels. The group’s objective is to generate recommendations to improve the worldwide competitiveness of the European automotive industry. It shall make recommendations for the short, medium and the long term public policy and regulatory framework for the European automotive industry, that enhances global competitiveness and employment while sustaining further progress in safety and environmental performance at a price affordable to the consumer. The group is expected to adopt the CARS 21 Terms of Reference and Work plan and to have a first exchange of views on “a Competitive Automotive Industry Regulatory Framework”.

Audiovisual media will be admitted for the “tour de table” and the family photo in the Berlaymont building (13th floor) at the beginning of the meeting, at 10am.

In his capacity as chairman of the group, Vice-President Günter Verheugen will debrief journalists in the Berlaymont VIP corner at 1pm.

The group consists of prominent representatives of the EU car sector, Member States, the European Parliament, Trade Unions, NGO, users and the Commission.



▪ Günter Verheugen, Vice-President of the Commission,

Chairman, Commissioner for Enterprise and Industry

▪ Jacques Barrot, Vice-President of the Commission, Commissioner for Transport

▪ Stavros Dimas, Commissioner for Environment

Member States

▪ Margaret Beckett, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,
United Kingdom

▪ Wolfgang Clement, Federal Minister for Economy and Employment, Germany

▪ Patrick Devedjian, Minister-delegate for Industry, France

▪ Martin Jahn, Deputy Prime Minister, Czech Republic

▪ Pietro Lunardi, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Italy

European Parliament

▪ Garrelt Duin Member of the European Parliament (PSE/DE),

Joint Chairman Forum for the Automobile and Society

▪ Malcolm Harbour Member of the European Parliament (EPP/UK),

Joint Chairman Forum for the Automobile and Society


▪ Armand Batteux President of the European Association of Automotive Suppliers

▪ Wilhelm Bonse-Geuking, President of the European Petroleum Industry Association

▪ Lewis Booth, Chairman and CEO Ford of Europe

▪ Leif Johansson, Presidento of AB Volvo and Chief Executive Officer, Volvo Group

▪ Sergio Marchionne , Chief Executive Officer Fiat S.p.A.

▪ Bernd Pischetsrieder, President of the European Automobile,

Manufacturers Association

▪ Louis Schweitzer Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Renault SA

Trade Unions, NGOs and Users

▪ David Baldock Director of the Institute for European Environmental Policy

▪ Peter Scherrer Secretary General of the European Metalworker’s Federation

▪ Max Mosley, President of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile

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