Economic and climate protection policies for sustainable growth
The Economic and Climate Protection department addresses issues of general economic policy, foreign trade and climate protection policy. Economic policy forms the starting point for all of our deliberations. It is the foundation for our observations and assessments of climate protection policy and foreign trade according to industrial policy guidelines while aiming for sustainable growth. In this context sustainable growth means not only having an ecological orientation, but also taking account of the need for profitable growth at our companies and raising international competitiveness, and thus safeguarding our industry both at home and abroad. Below we outline these three areas and briefly describe the activities in each one.
As a key sector, the automotive industry is very important for prosperity and labor in Germany and Europe. The department therefore focuses both on the constant observation of debates in society and on assessing the industrial policy guidelines and activities of the European Commission and the German Federal Government.
Climate protection policy
Economic success and sustainable trade always go hand in hand. The demands placed on the economy should be shaped accordingly. The department therefore acts with players in various circles to consider all aspects of climate protection. In recent years the major focus has been on questions surrounding the CO2 regulation for passenger cars and light and heavy-duty commercial vehicles.
Growth on the international markets is absolutely essential for our industry to safeguard domestic employment. Trade barriers such as high import duties and non-tariff barriers, e.g. technical barriers, make it more difficult to export and invest in these markets. The VDA works to remove these trade barriers in order to create fair regulatory conditions and to maintain and enhance the competitiveness of the German and European automotive industries.
Promotion of foreign trade and development cooperation
It is not always easy to access the markets in emerging and developing countries, and businesses often face bureaucratic hurdles and a lack of financing options, along with insufficient networks and contacts. To facilitate access, the VDA cooperates with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), in order to dovetail the activities of the German automotive industry, foreign trade promotion and development cooperation in emerging and developing countries.
German Indian Association Partnership
Since December 2016 the VDA has been in partnership with the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) and the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA), as part of as partnership program run by sequa gGmbH, a German organization that implements development projects. This joint project is being promoted by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) for an initial period of three years, and deepens the cooperation between the three sector associations, which has been successfully built up over the years. The partnership program focuses not only on established cooperation formats such as the “IAA India Day” and the “Indo-German Working Group on Automotive” but also on interaction with India as an important market of the future.