increase with t he massive gathering of leading German car manufacturers Manager pressure for the completion of the controversial free trade agreement with the United States TTIP. The top leadership of Daimler, BMW, Audi, Porsche and Ford and Bosch were in Berlin together in order to promote the elimination of trade barriers.
The industry drives to the increasing resistance to the FTA. “TTIP offers a unique opportunity to better integrate our markets on both sides of the Atlantic”, campaigned Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche. BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer, car tariffs to protect the domestic economy from competition are not up to date between Europe and the United States. ̶ 0;No pages must be protected against the other.” Such a massive political statement’ve never leave the auto bosses. Only on the outskirts of measuring CEOs were performed together in the past, to advocate for the promotion of electric mobility.
But the duties cost one billion euros
The auto companies argue that they can save a lot of money if because of different requirements no longer different indicators, side mirrors and low beam America and Europe would have to be produced. But the duties in the United States and the EU, according to industry association VDA add to around one billion euros a year.
VDA chief Matthias Wissmann said they take seriously the fears of TTIP opponent, but share it not. The agreement would be “a source of sustainable growth and prosperity for all citizens in the US and the EU.” The heads of Volkswagen, Martin Winterkorn, and Opel, Karl-Thomas Neumann, took scheduling reasons not participate in the meeting.
North America is the second largest market
For the carmaker North America to China is the second largest market. Also thanks to the cheap Sprits the car-demand rises there after years of crisis. More than 16 million vehicles were sold in the United States last year, an increase of almost six percent. But the German manufacturers come to almost a million vehicles sold.
In Germany, but also in other EU countries, there are in a variety of social groups – unions over environmental and consumer protection to religious and cultural organizations – Resistance to TTIP. In the center of criticism are fears that could be undermined by the free trade agreement environmental, labor and consumer protection rights. In the automotive industry in Germany is strongly represented IG Metall also warns against undermining of participation rights.
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