2022 CO2 standards trilogue: Urgent need for inclusion of a Just Transition framework for Europe’s automotive workforce

On 21st of October 2022, the coalition of industry, trade unions, employers, and environmental organisations, jointly called for a Just Transition framework within the new rules to accelerate structural change in the industry. The existing EU Just Transition Fund’s resources cannot be spread thinner as they are already needed for the important challenge in the coal-dependent and carbon-intensive regions and industries. However, they can offer a model for a Just Transition for the broader automotive and mobility ecosystem.

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The existing EU Just Transition Fund’s resources cannot be spread thinner as they are already needed for the important challenge in the coal-dependent and carbon-intensive regions and industries, however they can offer a model for a Just Transition for the broader automotive and mobility eco-system. Therefore, we call on negotiators to include the following proposal in the next trilogue discussion on 27th October on the setting up of Just Transition funding to accompany the value chain: "By 31 December 2023 at the latest, the Commission shall present a report setting out in detail the need for targeted funding to ensure a just transition in the automotive sector, with the objective of mitigating negative employment and other economic impacts in all affected Member States, in particular in the regions and the communities most affected by the transition. The report shall, where appropriate, be accompanied by a legislative proposal to establish a Union funding instrument to address the identified needs and to finance the training, reskilling and upskilling of workers in the automotive sector, especially in small and medium-sized enterprises."

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