CLEPA on the vote on opinions on CO2 standards: Tough balancing act

The committee for Transport and Tourism in the European Parliament has voted yesterday to confirm the Commission’s proposed reduction targets for cars and vans, to call for more flexible rules on eco-innovations and to request the Commission to introduce Life-Cycle Analysis and Well-to-wheel data in emissions regulation. The committee for Industry, Research and Energy did not adopt a position after a vote which overall had produced contradictory results.

in CLEPA, 11-07-2018

CLEPA Secretary General Sigrid de Vries comments:

“Today’s vote reflects the tough balancing act policy makers are tasked with: Defining ambitious but realistic CO2-reduction targets while balancing environmental, consumer and economic interests at the same time. The European Commission has put a highly demanding proposal on the table, which will contribute to the Paris climate goals and to a transformation of the industry. Elaborating on this proposal is a complex task and today’s votes show that policy makers intend to take a detailed and critical look at the Commission’s proposal and the suggestions of stakeholders.

The proposed ambition level will drive the rapid transformation of the automotive landscape, both on the roads with a significant amount of electric and hybrid vehicles, as well as in the automotive industry where alternative propulsion technologies will become a major part of daily manufacturing. Together with digitalisation, decarbonisation constitutes the main transformational force in the sector.

The automotive suppliers support realistically ambitious reduction targets and stress the importance of a technology neutral approach to reduce emissions in the most efficient as well as least disruptive way. In that respect, CLEPA welcomes the support for eco-innovations reflected in the position of the committee for Transport and Tourism as well as for the inclusion of synthetic fuels in the scope of the legislation and a stronger recognition for hybrid technology in the so called ‘benchmark’.

Automotive suppliers are fully part of the transformation process manufacturing everything from electric drivetrain, to advanced combustion engine solutions to hydrogen and other alternative fuels-based technologies. Long-standing innovation and solution providers, they industrialise those technologies that help make transport safe, smart and sustainable. “

The opinion of the committee for Transport and Tourism will be taken into consideration by the leading committee for Environment, Public Health and Food Safety in the preparation of its vote in September and subsequently the vote in the Plenary of the European Parliament (EP), which is scheduled for October. Once EP and Council have decided on their respective positions, interinstitutional negotiations to adopt the regulation will start.

CLEPA statement on the applicability of End of Live Vehicle (ELV) Directive

CLEPA has just published the statement on the applicability of “End of Live” (ELV) Directive vs the “Restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment” Directive (RoHS)/ “Waste electrical and electronic equipment” Directive (WEEE) in the automotive industry.

in CLEPA, 04-07-2018

EU WEEE directive 2012/19/EU (“Waste electrical and electronic equipment directive”) opens its scope by 15th of August 2018. WEEE applies to electrical / electronical equipment (EEE) and excludes specific EEE for the means of transport, that concerns vehicles, which are in scope of ELV.


As a consequence the directive covers further EEE, which were not in scope before. Exemplary examples of EEE new in scope include, but are not limited to clothes and furniture with installed electrical / electronical function such as:

  • Bathroom cabinets with installed illumination
  • Desks, which are adjustable by height through electrical function
  • Shoes with installed blinking lights.


The EU “End of Life” (ELV) Directive 2000/53/EC applies to vehicles, including components and materials of vehicles, as defined in article 3(1).


The CLEPA statement shall help CLEPA companies to define, which directives apply to their parts, either ELV directive or RoHS / WEEE directive. The statement is supported by JAPIA, the “Japan Autoparts Industry Organization”.


You can check the statement below


Industry4Europe coalition publish a new Joint Paper calling for an ambitious industrial policy in Europe

The Industry4Europe coalition, of which CLEPA is a member, has today published a new Joint Paper to inform the EU debate on an new, ambitious industrial policy for Europe.

The Joint Paper makes recommendations with regard to the governance structure for such policy, which should facilitate dialogue as well as concrete implementation of actions.

by CLEPA, 03-07-2018


he Joint Paper was presented this morning to the Austrian Chairman of the Council High-Level Group on Competitiveness and Growth and will be shared with all Permanent Representations as well as with the European Commission.


With its first Joint Paper “For an ambitious EU Industrial Strategy: Going further” (October 2017), the Industry4Europe coalition called for a long-term vision for Europe’s industry which demands a long-term governance structure going beyond the 6-month EU Presidency cycle and the 5-year mandate of the current European Commission. Such a governance structure should enable the Commission, the Council and the European Parliament, together with industry stakeholders, to develop a common vision for a smart, innovative and sustainable industry.

Existing policies, initiatives and tools, addressing the challenges and gaps, including those described in the Commission’s Communication “Investing in a smart, innovative and sustainable Industry: A renewed EU Industrial Policy Strategy” of September 2017, should be reviewed in order to develop and implement a long-term comprehensive EU Industrial Strategy as well as for monitoring its progress on a regular basis.


Download the Joint Paper 2018-07-Industry4Europe – Joint Paper on Governance

Automotive Industry Guideline (AIG) on REACH has been published

Version 4 of the Automotive Industry Guideline on REACH (AIG) has been published by the Automotive Task Force on REACH (TF-REACH)

by CLEPA, 02-07-2018

Task Force-REACH (Registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals) comprises representatives of all the major vehicle manufacturers and the automotive supply chain, including CLEPA.

The Task Force recommends a common schedule and external communication strategy in order to harmonise the sector’s response to REACH and avoid duplication and confusion by taking into consideration the automotive industry’s specific criteria and tools.

The TF’s approach and recommendations are outlined in the new Automotive Industry Guideline (AIG) on REACH.

The European REACH Regulation 1907/2006 came into force on 1 June 2007 and affects all industries. The Regulation requires immediate and ongoing action from automobile manufacturers and suppliers. Under REACH, substances manufactured or imported on their own or in mixtures, as well as substances intended to be released from articles, need to be registered according to the REACH timeline once a certain yearly tonnage is exceeded.  Additionally, Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) may require authorisation or may be restricted. SVHCs listed on the Candidate List need to be identified in articles and communicated throughout the supply chain and to the consumer if certain criteria are met. Companies that do not comply with REACH have no market, so continued REACH compliance is critical to maintain business continuity for any company doing business, or having customers or suppliers doing business, in the European Economic Area (EEA).


Version 4 of the Automotive Industry Guideline builds on the comprehensive automotive industry recommendations regarding numerous aspects of the REACH Regulation in the previous version 3.1, but includes significant changes to the following chapters:


  • Glossary of terms; Notification of Candidate List substances in articles; Communication requirements for Candidate List substances in articles; Authorisation procedure.

New annexes were also added:

  • REACH Substance Scrutiny – From PACT Onwards; REACH Annex XVII Impact Evaluation List; Practical Application of the O5A Principle for CL Substances in Articles; Sustainable Substitution Criteria; History of amendments to REACH Regulation; List of changes to AIG.

The AIG will be translated into Chinese, French, Japanese and Korean, so as to assist the global automotive supply chain in understanding their REACH obligations while also providing useful recommendations.

For more information and to download version 4 of the AIG free of charge, check 2018-07-AI guideline on REACH 4.0

CLEPA June 2018 Newsletter editorial: The business model of integration and coordination

The automotive industry is a textbook example of how cross-border cooperation fosters competitiveness, jobs and innovation. Illustrations of this rule of thumb are plentiful these days, as is the realisation that this business model has come under threat.

in CLEPA, 27-06-2018

ake Brexit: CLEPA member SMMT warned this week that investments are at risk because of unclarity around the future trading conditions between the UK and Europe. Parts and components cross borders multiple times before being assembled into the final product, a vehicle. Car manufacturers joined in the chorus warning that just-in-time delivery is endangered, with multiple days of delays in shipments predicted caused by administrative and customs burdens once EU membership ends. Negotiators need to end the uncertainty, first of all, but also find a solution that sustains frictionless trade.

Similar worries are voiced in response to President Trumps imposing of tariffs on steel and aluminium, and potential further measures to hit cars and automotive parts. Vehicle parts suppliers operate in an integrated, intricate global supply chain. The industry’s growth in the last century has been fostered by the expansion of new markets due to public policy that supported international trade. This has resulted in wealth creation across regions, as economies of scale and boundless logistics could be merged with local manufacturing strategies close to the customer, underpinning the competitiveness of the industry and its products, facilitating the creation of highly skilled jobs, and lowering prices for consumers.  Forging positive trade relations with key global partners, therefore, remains an important objective to pursue.

A point in case was presented by a coalition of downstream users of steel – including the automotive, construction equipment, agriculture machinery, home appliance and technology industry sectors – writing this week to the European Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström, to express concerns on the EU safeguard investigation into steel products launched in March. The application of ever greater layers of protection for it will ultimately only have a negative impact on downstream users of these products, the letter argues.

Another important enabler of the global value chain concerns harmonisation and cooperation in the field of technical requirements. Here, more positive news is there to report. CLEPA, founding member of the European Automotive and Telecom Alliance (EATA), participated in the 3rd Ministerial High-level Meeting on Connected and Automated Driving last month, to assess progress and challenges to getting connected and automated vehicles on Europe’s roads in a far-reaching, coordinated manner.

Importantly also, the UN-ECE World Forum for Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) last week adopted a new structure to give the highest priority to activities on automated, autonomous and connected driving, recognising the need to timely address the fast pace of technological developments in that field. CLEPA will provide the secretariat role in the newly established Task Force on Automated Vehicles “TF AutoVeh” of WP.29, dedicated to the development of a global vision and set of principles for safety assessment and certification of highly automated vehicle functions. This will be a completely new assessment regime to provide reassurances concerning highly automated vehicle safety performance under real life traffic conditions.

Cooperation is a key ingredient, too, in research & innovation, as was demonstrated during the 3rd CLEPA Innovation Awards Gala earlier this month in The Hague. For the first time, special recognition was given to high-flying SMEs, recognising ingenuity and resourcefulness among smaller- and mid-sized companies, that are equally an integral part of the global value chain. Ultimately, innovation remains at the heart of the automotive suppliers’ strategies to maintain their leadership and competitiveness.


Sigrid de Vries

CLEPA Secretary General

European Automotive Skills Council Final Conference – Building Automotive Skills for the Future

Today, the European Automotive Skills Council held its final conference at the European Economic and Social Committee, where European policymakers, industry and social dialogue stakeholders gathered to discuss the critical skills challenges confronting the automotive sector.

in CLEPA, 26-02-2016

23% of the European automotive workforce are near or at the point of retirement and less than a quarter of employees are female. These demographic trends, coupled with the digitalisation of the industry, reflect the significant skills challenges that the European automotive sector faces. Growing from a core group of five to 13 members from across more than a dozen EU Member States, the EASC was created to serve as a framework platform for identifying skills challenges and drawing up solutions for the automotive sector.

The EASC’s work is also supported by the GEAR2030 stakeholder initiative which seeks to maintain and promote the technological leadership of the European automotive industry by sustainably furthering competitiveness around a high value added model.

The final conference offered industry insights of how to meet these challenges and to maintain and build upon the necessary skills, knowledge and best practices that will ensure Europe will remain a world leader in automotive innovation and excellence.

“Digitalisation is a universal trend and a key challenge for the automotive industry. We need to make sure that we’re building the knowledge and skills today for the jobs of tomorrow. This requires a flexible and adaptable skills training framework that both trains young people for work in the industry and educates the existing workforce to incorporate these changes positively”, said Paul Schockmel, CLEPA CEO.

The European automotive industry faces a number of other challenges which will impact its future in the long term: the increasing importance of certain drivers of change and their impact on skills and qualifications, including: advanced materials, advanced manufacturing, complex and global supply chains, life cycle design and pollution prevention, active safety, automated driving and connectivity along with decarbonisation, electrification and hybridisation.

These challenges cannot be faced alone. “The EASC and other stakeholders – national authorities, educational institutions and the business – have demonstrated the need to work harder today to adapt industrial and employment strategies, which build on the specificities of national education systems to anticipate and match the skills needs of the industry and to counter the effects of the broader demographic trends in Europe.” said Ms Cinaralp, Secretary General of ETRMA.

“We are very happy with the outcome of this Automotive Skills Council. It has laid the foundations for a coordinated approach of the skills challenge in this backbone of the manufacturing industry. Information was shared, good practices exchanged, scenarios for the future designed. But the work has only started and this positive collaboration between the stakeholders of the industry needs to be continued”, concluded Ulrich Eckelmann, General Secretary, IndustriAll European Trade Union.

The European Automotive Skills Council is a stakeholder platform for the exchange of information and best practices on employment and skills in the European automotive industry. It addresses education and training issues of the European workforce and the evolution of skills and competences required for the future of the industry.

The members of the European Automotive Skills Council are:

  • Project partners CLEPA, ETRMA and IndustriAll
  • Project supporters ACEA and CEEMET
  • National observatories:
    • ACS (Slovenia, part of former AQUA Skills Alliance)
    • AFIA (Portugal)
    • EduCam (Belgium)
    • FIEV (France)
    • OS Kovo (Czech Republic)
    • OZ Kovo (Slovakia)
    • Sernauto (Spain)
    • SkillMan (UK/DK/IT)
    • IG Metall (Germany)
    • SEMTA (UK Skills Council)
    • PIMOT (Poland)
    • APIA (Romania)
    • University of Twente (Netherlands)

Click here for the European Sector Skills Council – Automotive Industry | REPORT