The Alliance of European Automotive Regions, founded in the summer of 2022, discussed the change in the automotive industry at its first meeting. On the appointment on the 17th. November at the Congress Center Leipzig (CCL), the European Commissioner for Employment and Social Rights, Nicolas Schmit, is also expected.
Currently, the “Automotive Regions Alliance” has 29 regions, Italy alone is represented by nine regions, Germany with five. Another five areas currently have observer status and want to join the alliance, including the federal states of Brandenburg, Saxony-Anhalt and Saarland. According to the Saxon Regional Development Minister Thomas Schmidt, the automotive industry in Europe needs a common strategy and more state aid. “The industry is facing a major transformation process. It’s not just about new drive systems and the switch to electric cars. Digitalization and the contribution of the automotive industry to climate protection are also major challenges,” he said. The upheaval affects not only the major car manufacturers, but also the suppliers. Behind the entire industry are around 1.8 million companies in Europe with at least 16 million employees.
The Alliance of Automobile Regions is an initiative of the European Committee of the Regions. The alliance is intended to bring together regions that have a strong automotive and supplier industry, play an active role in the decarbonization of the transport sector and want to contribute to the goals of the European Green Deal. At the same time, regional industrial ecosystems and value creation are to be strengthened and economic and social cohesion is to be ensured in all European regions affected by the transition. An important partner of the alliance is the Interregional Group Future of the Automotive Industry of the CoR, which has been active since 2009. This interregional group is the most important hub for the future cooperation and future action of the alliance.
The change in the industry is a big issue for Leipzig as an automotive city. With the settlement of BMW and Porsche, the city became a location for cutting-edge technology in automotive production. With the production of the BMW i3 and i8 models, the BMW Group plant in Leipzig is considered a pioneer of electric mobility and lightweight construction. Porsche, BMW and their suppliers employ more than 20,000 people in Leipzig. Suppliers, logisticians, engineering offices, IT service providers and custom-made manufacturers shape the cluster. In the course of the transformation, Leipzig is also attracting new companies that specialize in topics such as networked driving, mobility data management and battery production.