The European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM) and other leading European manufacturing associations have reached a cross-industry agreement on the need for the European Union to develop a new and ambitious industrial strategy.
The landmark “Joint Declaration for an ambitious EU industrial strategy” released today calls on the European Commission to reaffirm its commitment to reaching the target of 20% of GDP from industry, with an ambitious and realistic timeline; to urgently adopt an Action Plan to tackle the challenges that the industrial sectors are facing; and to implement this Action Plan in a timely manner and regularly report on progress.
The signatories of the declaration “are ready to step up our cooperation with the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Competitiveness Council” in order to define and implement “an ambitious and coordinated European industrial strategy” to help safeguard the world leadership of European manufacturers.
The motion is supported by 92 industry associations which directly employ about 34 million people across all EU Member States in supply chains comprising hundreds of thousands of SMEs and larger suppliers.
Commenting on the joint declaration ACEM Secretary General Antonio Perlot said: “The motorcycle industry in Europe welcomes this joint declaration as an important milestone to promote much-needed cooperation between manufacturing industries, European Union authorities and national administrations”.
“We do hope that the EU institutions and particularly the Ministers and Secretaries of States that will meet on 20 February 2017 to discuss the competitiveness of the European industry will take note of the call of Europe’s key manufacturing sectors”.
“ACEM members fully support the European 20% target of industry's share in Europe's GDP by 2020. In order to achieve this important target, the motorcycle industry needs a clear and predictable type-approval framework that is technically feasible and based on solid economic assessments, as well as a reasonable lead-time to adjust to it”.
“It is also important that Europe remains an attractive business environment. Some of the areas where government action can make a positive difference include: innovation spending, invesment in people’s skills, well designed tax regimes and smart trade policies that promotes access to key markets and avoid increases in protectionist measures abroad”.
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ACEM, the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers, is the trade association that represents manufacturers of powered-two and three-wheelers as well as quadricycles (L-category vehicles) in Europe. ACEM members include 17 manufacturing companies and 17 national industry associations in 14 different European countries. About 156,300 jobs depend on the motorcycle, moped, tricycle and quadricycle industry in Europe.
ACEM works closely with the EU institutions, as well as with a wide range of stakeholders, in different policy-areas. These include type-approval of L-category vehicles, environmental legislation, road safety and transport policies, international trade negotiations, etc.