Administrator: Alessandro RIZZI
Assistant: Denise IVANOVICH
Foreseen for the TEN Section meeting: 3 July 2019
Foreseen for the EESC Plenary session: 17-18 July 2019
Gist of the Commission document
Batteries have been identified by the European Commission as a strategic value chain, where the EU must step up investment and innovation in the context of a strengthened industrial policy strategy aimed at building a globally integrated, sustainable and competitive industrial base. Batteries can become a key driver for the EU’s industrial competitiveness and leadership, notably for Europe’s automotive industry.
The EU’s high dependency on battery cell imports could expose industry to high costs and risks in the supply chain and undermine the automotive industry’s ability to compete with foreign competitors, notably if there is a shortage in the light of the forecast increase in demand.
In May 2018, the Commission adopted the Strategic Action Plan on Batteries as part of the third ‘Europe on the Move’ mobility package. This brought together a set of measures to support national, regional and industrial efforts to build a battery value chain in Europe, embracing raw materials extraction, sourcing and processing, battery materials, cell production, battery systems, as well as re-use and recycling.
Less than a year after its adoption, significant progress has been made on the key actions set out in the Strategic Action Plan and industry has announced several major investments. The report provides the state of play on the main actions undertaken across the battery value chain and identifies the challenges and opportunities for the EU in this strategic sector for decarbonising and modernising the economy.