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Brussels, 13th March 2009
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.
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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.