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Motorcycle industry calls for ambitious European industrial strategy
20 Oct 2017

Motorcycle industry calls for ambitious European industrial strategy

A delegation representing 119 European industrial associations, including the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers presented today the document “For an ambitious EU industrial strategy. Going further” to the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU, the body that represents Member States at EU level. The report, drafted by a coalition of industrial sectors representing close to 34 million jobs in the EU, calls on the European Commission to prepare a genuine European industrial strategy, in close cooperation with industry organisations.

Commenting on this initiative ACEM Secretary General Antonio Perlot said:

“We thank the Estonian Presidency of the Council for this invitation and for examining our proposals. Manufacturing companies are the backbone of Europe’s economy. Good cooperation between the European industry and the EU institutions will be essential to continue promoting investments and job creation in Europe”.

“Also in line with the recent GEAR 2030 report, we look forward to the European Commission putting forward more concrete proposals to support Europe’s manufacturing capabilities. In particular, motorcycle companies need a predictable and balanced regulatory framework to operate efficiently, as well as fair and stable trade relations between the EU and key markets such as China, India, South East Asian countries and the US”.

Note for editors

  • On 17 February 2017 a coalition of more than one hundred industry associations adopted a joint declaration calling on the European Commission to support an ambitious EU industrial strategy.
  • On 13 September 2017 the European Commission published a Communication entitled “Investing in a smart, innovative and sustainable Industry: A renewed EU Industrial Policy Strategy”. The Communication announced the creation of a High Level Industrial Roundtable with representatives of industry, civil society and public administrations in 2018.
  • However, the European Commission’s Communication did not contain any specific measures to support manufacturing companies in Europe, but rather a list of proposals recently adopted or close to adoption.

About ACEM

  • The European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM) represents manufacturers of mopeds, motorcycles, three-wheelers and quadricycles (technically known as L-category vehicles) in Europe. About 156,000 jobs depend on the motorcycle, moped, tricycle and quadricycle industry in Europe.
  • ACEM members include 18 manufacturing companies: BMW Motorrad, Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), Ducati Motor holding, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, KYMCO, MV Agusta, Peugeot Scooters, Piaggio, Polaris Industries, Renault, Royal Enfield, Suzuki, Triumph Motorcycles and Yamaha.
  • ACEM also represents 17 industry associations in 14 different European countries. 

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