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Transatlantic Partnership and 8th IAA India Day

Berlin, 21 August 2013

Two major country-themed events will take place at the 65th IAA Cars: the IAA symposium entitled “The Transatlantic Partnership – Opportunities and Challenges” on 18 September 2013, dealing extensively with trade relations between the EU and the USA, and the “8th IAA India Day” on 13 September 2013, which will focus on Indo-German relations.

The symposium on the transatlantic partnership is organised jointly by the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), Atlantik-Brücke and the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany.

A free trade zone comprising the USA and the EU offers considerable opportunities. At present not only import barriers still exist between these two economic areas, but there are also considerable non-tariff trade barriers. Why, for instance, do automotive manufacturers have to develop and produce different side mirrors, indicators and bumpers for Europe and the USA? Avoiding such divergent product requirements can generate a considerable welfare gain on both sides of the Atlantic. But where are the problems and challenges that can be expected during the forthcoming negotiations? How can we ensure that the political momentum for successful negotiations is in fact used, and does not – as has happened in the past – get lost in discussions of significant details between the regulating institutions on either side of the Atlantic?

These topics are on the agenda of the IAA symposium that will be opened by VDA President Matthias Wissmann. A welcome address from John Emerson, US Ambassador to Germany, will be followed by Robert Kimmitt, Chairman of the American Council on Germany, speaking about the prospects and challenges for the planned free trade agreement between the EU and the USA.

The final part of the symposium will be a panel discussion chaired by Friedrich Merz, Chairman of Atlantik-Brücke. The participants will be Elmar Brok, MEP and Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs; Arndt G. Kirchhoff, CEO of Kirchhoff Automotive GmbH Co. KG; and Bernhard Mattes, President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany and Chairman of Ford Werke GmbH.

The symposium will be held on 18 September 2013, from 10.00 to 12.30 h, in Room Fantasie at the Congress Center Messe Frankfurt (CMF). Please register online, at:, or by email ( Attendance and a following visit to the IAA are free of charge.

The “8th IAA India Day” will take place in the first week of the IAA, on 13 September 2013. The high-calibre guest list includes the Indian Minister of Heavy Industries Shri Praful Patel; Rainer Bomba, State Secretary in the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development (BMVBS); the new ambassador of the Republic of India to Germany; the ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to India, Michael Steiner; the presidents of the Indian automotive associations ACMA (suppliers) and SIAM (manufacturers); and VDA President Matthias Wissmann.

The IAA India Day will focus on Indo-German relations, with reports on the work of the “Indo-German Working Group on Automotive Sector” from its two co-chairs Ambuj Sharma (India) and Dr Veit Steinle (Germany). Furthermore, the Indian guests from the VDA’s partner associations will report first-hand on the current situation on the Indian vehicle market.

This will be followed by a lecture from V.K. Viswanathan, Chairman of Bosch Ltd. (India) and IGCC President, on the Indian automotive industry and Indo-German co-operation from a supplier’s viewpoint. Gerasimos Dorizas, Chief Representative of the Volkswagen Group India, will also talk about Indo-German relations and the Indian automotive industry, but from the viewpoint of an automotive manufacturer. The event will be chaired by Bernhard Steinrücke, Director General of the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce in Mumbai.

Attendance at the “IAA India Day” on 13 September 2013, from 10.15 to 15.15 h, is free of charge. The IAA India Day will be held in Room Illusion at the CMF. Please register online, at:

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