In his State of the Union address, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, announcing a new industrial policy strategy, said on September 13 it is essential to invest in the cars of the future to keep Europe at the forefront of innovation and digitisation. To this end, Juncker announced a new industrial policy strategy.
To that end, European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič, Budget & Human Resources Commissioner Günther Oettinger, Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc and Digital Economy and Society Commissioner Mariya Gabriel are in Frankfurt on September 14 to attend the opening of the International Motor Show (IAA) led by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Šefčovič was expected to deliver a speech on “European Mobility – Accelerating into the future”.
Later on September 14, Bulc and Gabriel are expected to take part in the Second High-Level Dialogue on Automated and Connected Driving. This is a follow-up to the “Amsterdam Declaration” of April 2016 where the Commission and EU transport ministers agreed to intensify cooperation for the development of self-driving technology.
On September 15, Oettinger and Gabriel will take part in the sixth edition of the Round Table on Connected and Automated Driving, a platform that includes EU Member States and the representatives of the European industry.