A charging station for electric vehicles

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State Secretary Matthias Machnig from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is taking part in the High-Level Meeting on Battery Development and Production in Europe today. Germany has long been supporting the idea of addressing the issue of battery cell manufacturing at European level.

State Secretary Machnig said: "I very much welcome today’s meeting at European level. Boosting manufacturing capacities for battery cells and setting up battery cell manufacturing plants in Germany and Europe is important in terms of economic and industrial policy. We need Europe to be independent when it comes to key enabling technologies. And battery cell technology is a crucial competitive factor in the field of electric mobility. "If Germany wants to remain a premium car manufacturer, we need independent manufacturing capacities for battery cells."

The meeting was convened at the initiative of the Vice-President of the European Commission for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič. It will be attended by representatives of the Member States, of European manufacturers of battery cells and battery systems, and by experts from the automotive industry and from suppliers of materials and raw materials. This kick-off meeting will be followed by further meetings.