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Employment and competitiveness in the automotive industry: A shared vision of the future


12 Jun 2009


Social Europe & Jobs

On Monday, 15 June, at the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels, the first of the three studies carried out within the framework of the European project “Anticipation of Change in the Automotive Industry” will be presented by a consortium composed of automotive suppliers and trade unions.

Given the current turbulent economic situation and the difficult times the automotive industry is facing this event aims at identifying the main drivers behind the transformation of the industry and how the impact of acute crises could be mitigated in order to preserve a competitive industry with a high level of employment.

After the endorsement of the European Partnership for “anticipation of change in the automotive industry”, CLEPA and EMF have been working, in association with the ACEA and CEEMET, on a 12 months project co-funded by the European Commission under the Progress programme. The main objective is: to investigate automotive trends for 2020 and good practices in anticipation of change both at company and regional level; to identify HRM strategies for increasing the skills level and the employability of the workforce; to analyse automotive regions and clusters.

It is noted that this programme is a golden opportunity to intervene creatively in the sector to help build an informal, future orientated observatory to capture the sector’s early warning systems, interpret the impact of critical drivers and help facilitate strategic change and direction.

CLEPA and the European Metalworkers Federation will benefit from the expertise of the University of St Andrews (UK), the WZB (Germany) and Alpha Conseil (France) for scenario planning, interview- based inquiry for skills needs and demonstration of successful interactions to promote innovation between regional, political, economic and social partners.

For more information, please contact Ms. Amalia Di Stefano, CLEPA Director European Affairs & Communications, +32 2 743 91 35, or visit:

CLEPA, founded 50 years ago, is the European umbrella membership organisation representing the interests of the global automotive supply industry. 81 of the world's most prominent suppliers for car parts, systems and modules and 27 National trade associations and European sectoral associations are members of CLEPA, representing more than 3,000 companies, employing more than three million people and covering all products and services within the automotive supply chain, an industry with an annual turnover of 300 billion Euro. Based in Brussels, Belgium, CLEPA is recognized as the natural discussion partner by the European Institutions, United Nations and fellow associations (ACEA, JAMA, MEMA, etc).