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Automotive Global Value Chains in Europe

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In Europe, imbalances in the structure of the automotive and a lack of industrial policies risk creating a deadly cocktail for millions of European workers just as the auto sector is undergoing decisive changes.

In this paper we examine the main transformations that are affecting the European automotive industry and which challenges, in particular, due to the transition to new forms of propulsion, the industry is going to face. The automotive industry is central to the European economy and the nature of the Global Value Chains is rapidly shifting. While individual countries have developed economic plans to address this, a broader EU-wide plan is critically important to addressing the employment and environmental effects of these shifts.