Friday, 12 March 2021
The event will be live-streamed on this page (on the video tile below) and on our social media channels.
GLOBSEC is organizing a series of regional working-level Recovery and Resiliency webinars across different thematic streams. We would like to invite you to the session focusing on the automotive and mobility sectors, ‘Fast-tracking CEE automotive and mobility transitions in the RRP: Priorities for labour, innovation and infrastructure’
The RRP represents a once in a generation opportunity not to return to the pre-COVID status quo but to fuel the twin green and digital transformations that represent the future low carbon economy. By definition it requires an expedited timeline so that funds are dispersed as soon as possible; something that might take years is condensed into months. For the purposes of this webinar, we are bringing together two separate but interrelated thematic streams – the automotive industry and wider mobility. The former is oriented more directly towards the macroeconomy and the latter to emissions reductions, but both share a future in electrification and digitalization.
The automotive industry continues to call for the rapid deployment of charging infrastructure to encourage the rollout of EVs across CEE but progress remains slow and disjointed. At the same time, the economic downturn is another nail in the coffin for conventional vehicles as the automotive industry struggles to meet stricter EU climate standards by accelerating the rollout of EVs. CEE faces pressure not only to reduce transport emissions predominately emanating from the passenger vehicle tailpipe but to restructure economies depending on automotive parts and supply chains in structural decline. There is also public demand for improved public transportation, cycling and pedestrian lanes especially in dense urban areas with high traffic.
- How far can the RRP go to address these rapidly approaching challenges and set a new course for sustainable economies and mobility strategies in recovery?
- How is RRP contributing to long-term national sustainable transport and mobility plans? What are examples of these projects and milestones? Is there consideration for cross-border CEF/PCI green corridors?
- How will the climate objectives of these funds be aligned with energy and environmental tax reform and own resources?
- Outside of e-mobility, what forms of sustainable transportation are supported in the RRP? What is the balance between urban more rural intercity?
- Tomas Kakula, DG Competition, Ministry of Economy, Slovak Republic
- Jan Sechter, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Transport, Czechia
- Marcin Korolec, former Minister of Environment, Poland, Director, FPPE
- Zdenek Cech, Head of Economic Analysis, Representation of the European Commission in Slovakia
Private sector response session (20 minutes) :
- Peter Sadovsky, President, Slovak Bus Transport Association
- Radoslav Markus, Head of E-Mobility EON/ZSE & Coordinator NEXT-E
- Koen Noyens, Director of EU Policy at EVBox Group and Chair of the ChargeUp Europe Policy Committee