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Brussels, 13th March 2009

Informal meeting with EU ministers on the situation of GM

The Vice-President of the European Commission G. Verheugen and his colleagues N. Kroes and V. Spidla will meet this afternoon at 5 pm in the premises of the BERLAYMONT building with ministers in charge of the automotive industry and with representatives of General Motors. They will discuss the situation of General Motors, in particular its European branch, bearing in mind the primary entrepreneurial responsibility in a social market economy.

The meeting is a follow up to last week's Competitiveness Council, where the situation of the European automotive industry has been discussed and where it was agreed that the situation of General Motors in Europe merits special attention of all Member States. The EU ministers had already in January committed to closely cooperate and to ensure a transparent and coherent approach when dealing with the crisis in the automotive sector.

The objective of the meeting is

  • To make sure that all Member States and the Commission are of the same level of information
  • To allow a direct and coordinated exchange of views with General Motors
  • To confirm that Member States will not take national measures without prior information and coordination with other involved countries and that the internal market has to be protected

General Motors will be represented by the Chief Operating Officer of GM, Detroit, Mr. Fritz Henderson and Mr. Carl Peter Forster, CEO of GM Europe, Zürich.

Following current information 10 countries (AT, BE, CZ, DE, HU, LU, PT, RO, SE, UK) will be represented at ministerial level.

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