The EU's automotive sector enjoys a central place in Europe's industrial landscape. It is the employer of millions of Europeans, often in highly skilled jobs and a major investor in research and development. The sector is one of the most competitive in the world and generates a substantial trade surplus for the EU. It is at a junction of many important EU policies including; competitiveness, research, energy, environment, transport, single market, etc. Today's automotive industry is at a turning point: it must embrace the upcoming digital revolution, automated and connected driving, environmental challenges (such as climate goals), societal changes and growing globalisation.
In order to develop a co-ordinated and effective EU approach for the automotive industry in this changing landscape, the European Commission established the High Level Group (HLG) GEAR 2030 in October 2015. The group brought together Member States' authorities and key stakeholders representing the industry, services, consumers and environmental protection and road safety.
The Commission requested GEAR 2030 to "help to develop medium and long-term recommendations to address main challenges and opportunities for the European automotive industry in the run-up to 2030 and beyond".
"GEAR 2030 will analyse and discuss the key trends which will be affecting the automotive industry in the future and come up with jointly agreed roadmaps that should set objectives, specify milestones and clearly define responsibilities of different stakeholders.''
"By providing a stakeholder forum for discussion and strategic advice GEAR 2030 should, help building consensus amongst the automotive community and assist the different departments of the Commission in developing policies for the EU automotive sector and its whole value chain. By its level of representation it should also help to build political support for the implementation of such policies.''
"GEAR 2030 is expected to deliver a final report that will build on the conclusions from the Working Groups defined for three priority areas below. The final report should contain recommendations for the Commission, Member States and industry. The HLG will give a particular attention to the identified priorities, such as adaptation of EU automotive value chain, highly automated and connected vehicles or global competitiveness and under which it may also develop roadmaps for particular issues, for example, regarding alternative fuel vehicles, new business models in automotive sector or highly automated and connected vehicles. These roadmaps may further serve for preparation of the above mentioned recommendations.''
The official Report has been published in October 2017.
REFERENCE: Official web page of GEAR 2030